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This page contains information about voting in the Local Elections and the electoral system.
Updated: 19/03/2020 11:35 a.m.

Electoral system

Whangarei District Council currently operates its elections under the first past the post (FPP) system.

  • Electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate(s), and
  • the candidate(s) that receives the most votes is declared the winner.

The Local Electoral Act 2001 also provides for the single transferable vote (STV) system. This system is used in the District Health Board elections.

  • Electors rank candidates in order of preference.
  • The number of votes required for a candidate to be elected (called the quota) depends on the number of positions to be filled and the number of valid votes.
  • The necessary number of candidates to fill all vacancies is achieved:
    • first by counting of first preferences
    • then by a transfer of a proportion of votes received by any candidate where the number of votes for that candidate is in excess of the quota, and
    • then by the exclusion of the lowest polling candidates and the transfer of these votes in accordance with electors’ second preferences.

Under the Local Electoral Act 2001, Council can resolve to change the electoral system to be used at the next two elections or to conduct a poll on the question.

Electors can also demand a poll. Once changed, the electoral system must be used for the next two triennial local elections.

In 2017, Council reviewed the way it holds its elections and decided to retain the first past the post system for the 2019 local body elections. This will be reviewed again in 2020.

You can learn more about FPP at:

First Past the Post - Department of Internal Affairs


2019 Local Election Returns

See the final number of voting returns received, including special votes for the 2019 Elections using this link:

Voting Document Returns Report - 19 October 2019 [113kb]




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