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Find out who can vote and how to vote in the Local Government elections 2019.

Voting in local government elections

VOTE 2019 campaign is about listening and engaging on the issues that matter to people that will make Wairoa and Hawke's Bay a better place to live, work and play. It’s about people having their say at the 2019 local elections and voting for the issues that they care about for their family, business and community.

Who can I vote for?

There are two wards in the Wairoa District - the General Ward and the Māori Ward.

All electors, from both the General and Māori Ward, vote for one (1) Mayor for the Wairoa District.

In addition, three (3) Councillors will be elected from the General Ward and three (3) Councillors will be elected from the Māori Ward. Depending on if you are enrolled in the General or Māori Ward you will only be able to vote for the Ward that you are enrolled in.

E.g. if you are enrolled in the General Ward you will only be able to vote for one (1) Mayor and three (3) candidates for Council from the General Ward. If you are enrolled in the Māori Ward you will only be able to vote for one (1) Mayor and three (3) candidates for Council from the Māori Ward.

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Who can vote in the local elections?

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.

Also, voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.

To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.

If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.

Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.

Check if you are enrolled here

When do I need to vote by?

Your voting papers will be delivered by post between 20 - 25 September.

Postal Voting takes place between 20 September and 12 October.

Your voting papers need to be at Council before voting closes at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October.

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