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This page contains information about the local body elections which are held every three years.
Updated: 5/09/2014 3:35 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.

2013 election results

View the final results for the 2013 local body elections by following the link below.


We undertook a representation arrangements review in 2012 (a review of wards, communities, boundaries etc), which resulted in several minor boundary changes between existing wards.

    To view the map of the new ward boundaries, follow the link below.

    Councillor representation for each ward is:

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

    Electoral system

    Every 2 years, prior to the local body elections, Council must review the electoral system it uses and let voters know that they are entitled to call for a change of electoral system through a legal process that involves petitions and polls.

    Currently Council uses the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system.  This system is also currently used by the Northland Regional Council. 

    The other option is the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system which is used by all District Health Boards. 

    Council can initiate, and voters have the right (at any time) to call for a poll to change the electoral system used.

    The Local Electoral Act 2001 determines that for the results of a poll to be effective for the next election, a Council decision must be made, or a valid demand for a poll must be received by Council, by 28 February in the year prior to the next election (i.e. 2015 for the 2016 election, 2018 for the 2019 election). 

    If the demand is received after that date, the results will be binding for the election after the next election.

    Any demand for a poll by voters must be made in writing, signed by at least 5% of eligible voters (those on the electoral roll in the last election) and delivered to Council’s office in Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei.  Each signatory must include their full name and their address as it appears on the electoral roll.

    The result of any poll (whether initiated by Council or voters) would be binding for the next two elections and all subsequent elections until either a further resolution of Council is made, or a further poll is held.

    First Past the Post (FPP)

    FPP is a simple system where electors cast their vote by ticking in the box next to their preferred candidate.  When the votes are counted the candidate with the most votes is elected. 

    More information on FPP can be found on the Department of Internal Affairs website:

    More about FPP (Opens in a new window)

    Single Transferable Vote (STV)

    STV is a more complex system where electors rank candidates (i.e. 1,2,3,4 etc) to show their preferences.  Each position is allocated a quota which is the number of votes a candidate must reach to be elected.  If a candidate reaches that quota they are elected and they keep only that proportion of the votes required to reach the quota.  The surplus part of the vote is transferred to the elector’s second preference.

    More information on the STV system can be found at: (Opens in a new window)

    Electoral rolls

    You are eligible to vote if you are a resident elector or non-resident ratepayer elector and your name appears on the electoral roll when it closes.

    Non-resident ratepayer enrolment form [244kb]

    Resident roll

    All parliamentary electors, including those on the Maori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the territorial authority’s resident electoral roll, at the address where they live. A confirmation card was issued to all parliamentary electors in July 2013.

    Elections New Zealand (Opens in a new window)


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