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This page contains information about the local body elections which are held every three years.
Updated: 9/01/2014 11:32 a.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

    The first past the post (FPP) electoral system is used for all elections, except for the Northland District Health Board election which use the single transferable voting (STV) electoral system.

    In addition to voting for Whangarei District Council, electors in the Whangarei District vote for the Northland Regional Council and Northland District Health Board.

    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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