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This page contains information about the 2019 Local Government Elections, the results of the 2013 and 2016 local body elections and more information about the 2017 By-Election for the Denby ward.
Updated: 10/04/2019 1:50 p.m.

Elections for all local councils in New Zealand are held every three years. The elections are conducted under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.

The elections are your chance to have a say in decisions Council makes that affect us all.

2019 Local Government Elections

The 2019 Local Government Elections are to be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Key Election dates 2019

  • Candidate nominations
    Friday 19 July 2019 – Friday 16 August 2019 noon
  • Postal voting
    Friday 20 September 2019 –  Saturday 12 October 2019 noon
  • Final results announced by
    Thursday 17 October 2019

For more information about the 2019 Triennial Election Timetable and/or Frequently Asked Questions, click on the following links.

2019 Timetable Triennial Election [size: 695kb]

Frequently Asked Questions [size: 327kb]


Elections will be held for the following positions:

  • Mayor (elected at large) (1)
  • Mangakahia - Maungatapere Ward (1)
  • Bream Bay Ward (2)
  • Denby Ward (3)
  • Hikurangi - Coastal Ward (2)
  • Okara Ward (4)
  • Whangarei Heads Ward (1)

Elections for Northland Regional Council members and Northland District Health Board members will be also be held concurrently.  


Nominations for the above positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at midday Friday 16 August 2019.

To stand for Council, you need to be a New Zealand citizen, aged over 18 and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll.  You will also be required to pay a deposit of $200.

Nomination papers will be available from Friday 19 July 2019 from Council’s Customer Service Offices at:

  • Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei
  • Ruakaka Service Centre, 9 Takutai Place, Ruakaka

Nomination papers can also be obtained from this website during the specified time period above, or by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Electoral Roll

Those eligible to vote in the election are all resident electors and non-resident electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes on Friday 16 August 2019. The Preliminary Electoral Roll will be available for public inspection from Friday 19 July 2019 to Friday 16 August 2019 at the above locations.

If a person is on the parliamentary roll for one area and pays rates in another area, this person may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.

For more information on non-resident ratepayer electors, click on the following flyer.

Vote 2019 Flyer  [472kb]

To enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector click on the following link.

Enrolment Form for Non-Resident Ratepayer Electors [198kb]


Voting papers will be sent from 20 September 2019. The voting period is from Friday 20 September 2019 to noon Saturday 12 October 2019. Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the pre-paid envelope sent with the voting document.

Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Friday 20 September 2019 to noon Saturday 12 October 2019 at the locations above.

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be posted by Tuesday 8 October 2019.  

Further information

For more information about the 2019 Local Elections, click on the following link or contact the Electoral Officer using the details below.

Fact Sheet - Triennial Election [3mb]

The Electoral Officer, Whangarei District Council
Postal Address: PO Box 5135, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
Contact number : 0800 922 822

Past Elections

Follow the links below for more information on the 2013 and 2016 elections, and the 2017 By-Election for Denby ward.


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