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Mahanga Water Supply Closure Referendum

Declaration of Result

The Electoral Officer, Juanita Savage declares the result of the Māhanga Water Supply Closure Referendum taken on Friday, 19 February 2021 for the Wairoa District Council to be as follows:

FOR the closure of the Māhanga Water Supply 


21 votes received (40.38%)

AGAINST the closure of the Māhanga Water Supply   31 votes received (59.61)%

Zero informal votes and zero blank votes.

Under the Local Government Act 2002, where a water service is to be closed, a binding referendum must be held with electors in the water supply area. A threshold of 75% of votes cast is required for the water service to close. This threshold was NOT achieved as only 40.38% of the votes cast favoured the closure.


If you have any questions, please contact the Electoral Officer, Juanita Savage on +64 27 614 8777 or


22 February 2021

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