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Local elections are held once every three years. The elections are for city and district councils, regional councils and District Health Boards. In some parts of New Zealand, elections will also be held for local and community boards, licensing trusts and some other organisations. The Electoral Commission does not run these elections, but is responsible for voter enrolment.

All local elections are held by postal vote. Voting papers are posted to all voters who are enrolled about a month before voting starts. You must be enrolled to vote in local elections.

Only people who are correctly enrolled will receive their voting papers in the mail. Enrol, check or update your details here.

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The next Local Elections are being held on 12 October 2019.

Voting in Local Body Elections takes place by postal voting. If you are registered on the New Zealand Electoral Roll, voting papers will be sent to your registered address by 25 September 2019.

To learn more about the differences between First Past the Post (FFP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV) and how they affect voting in local body elections please refer to the Department of Internal Affairs website.

If you qualify to do so you can apply for a special vote by contacting the Electoral Officer at your local council. Special votes are available during the three-week voting period where electors:

  • names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify
  • did not receive a voting document
  • spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them
  • names appear on the unpublished electoral roll.

Anyone casting a special vote is legally required to complete a statutory declaration to ensuring that each person only casts votes once.

Then you may qualify to vote in both areas for the local authority elections on 12 October 2019.

You have the chance to have your say about how your rates are spent no matter where you live with the Ratepayer Electoral Roll. In order for your voting papers to arrive before the election you must register for the Ratepayer Electoral Roll before August 12 2016.

The Ratepayer Electoral Roll is an electoral roll that records voters who pay rates on a property in a territorial authority (city or district council) outside of the area they usually live to vote as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that district.

For example if you have a beach house, holiday home, business or whanau land in Wellington but normally live in Napier.

Please note that you may enrol, but you do not have to.

If you think you, or someone you know, might be eligible for the ratepayer electoral roll, you will need to obtain an Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors from the council where you pay your rates e.g. if you live in Southland and own a holiday home in Blenheim then you need to contact the Marlborough District Council for an enrolment form.

To be recorded on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll you must submit your enrolment form with the Electoral Officer at the council where you wish to register for the roll before August 2019. All registered voters who enrolled before this date will appear on the final Ratepayer Electoral Roll and be sent voting papers in the mail.

No. Only one ratepayer elector can be nominated per property irrespective of the number of properties owned by the individual, company, society, trust, partnership or other organisation.

For example if you and your siblings own a property only one of you can vote as the entitlement is from paying rates on a property not as an individual living in the area.

No. Only one ratepayer elector can be nominated per property irrespective of the number of properties owned by the individual, company, society, trust, partnership or other organisation e.g. the authorised officer or largest shareholder.

There may be internal rules which dictate who may be listed as the eligible voter, if not, it is best to talk to your fellow owners and agree upon who can vote and seek further advice from your local council electoral officer.

No. You are only eligible for the ratepayer roll for other territorial authorities where you pay rates not for different wards within the same council.

For example, you may own the apartment you live on in Auckland’s Queen Street and pay rates for the home you own in the Rodney Ward. In this case you are not eligible for inclusion on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

The Ratepayer Electoral Roll allows people who own one home but live in another to vote for the council where their rates are paid. Situations that is applicable to include having to move town to secure work but keeping a home, owning a holiday home, or owning a property where you plan to retire outside of the region where you currently live. It allows property owners to have a say in how the community is shaped and what the area will be like in the future.

No, if you don’t register in time you can still cast a vote as a ratepayer elector but it needs to be cast as a Special Vote. This means you need to request special voting papers and make a statutory declaration. After the election closes Special Votes are counted last as additional checks need to be performed to make sure the vote cast is a legal one.

Yes. You need to contact the electoral officer for the council where you own property and request to be added to the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

If the ratepayer is a trust, or company, there may be internal rules that dictates who can be listed as the eligible voter. If not, it is best to talk to your fellow owners and agree who can vote and seek further advice from your local council electoral officer.

Yes, you are able to register as an unpublished ratepayer voter. As your details are not published and provided to Electoral Officers this means you need to contact the Electoral Officer at the council where you are eligible to vote as a ratepayer elector vote and apply for Special Vote using the same process as you would to vote in your residential electorate.

To check if you are enrolled to vote visit the elections website.

Pre-Election Report

The preparation and issue of this report is a legislated requirement of the Local Government Act 2002, as part of the triennial election cycle. This report has been prepared by the Chief Executive and has not had any input from elected members.

The purpose of the report is to provide information about the local authority in the lead up to the local government election on 8 October 2016.

You can find the pre-election report at the bottom of our reports page. To read more, please click on the blue button below.

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Previous elections

2015 By-election Results and Expenses

2016 Election Results and Expenses

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