This page contains information about the local body election in October 2013.
22/05/2013 8:41 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 next election for Whangarei District Council will be held on Saturday 12 October 2013 and will be administered, under contract, by Independent Election Services Ltd.
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.
Elections will be required for the following positions:
Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
Northland Regional Council Members (currently 4 Regional Councillors for the Whangarei District Constituency – subject to a representation arrangements review due for completion by 10 April 2013)
Northland District Health Board Members (7 Members elected ‘at-large’).
Nominations for all positions will open on Friday 26 July 2013 and will close at noon on Friday 23 August 2013.
(or from Friday 19 July 2013 to noon on Friday 16 August 2013 if proposed legislation is enacted).
Nomination forms will be available on this page or from our Customer Service Centres at:
To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:
Detailed candidate information booklets will be available from the electoral office from May 2013.
Freephone: 0800 922 822.
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.
The preliminary electoral roll (split by ward) will be available for public inspection at our Customer Service Centres and public libraries within the district from Friday 26 July 2013 to Friday 23 August 2013 (or from Friday 19 July 2013 to Friday 16 August 2013 if proposed legislation is enacted).
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 will be issued to all parliamentary electors in July 2013.
If you wish to make any alterations to your entry in the resident roll (eg change of address details, including new postal address) you should do so by:
completing the appropriate form at any post shop
telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656)
accessing the Enrolment Services on the Elections New Zealand website.
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If you are on the Parliamentary roll in one area and pay rates on a property in another area, you may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.
A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property, may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person resides outside of the area).
The Ratepayer Roll Enrolment Form can be downloaded by following the link below.
Ratepayer Electors Enrolment Form [243kb]
Printed copies are also available at our Customer Service Centres and public libraries or by phoning 0800 922 822. Any alterations to the ratepayer roll should be made to Council’s electoral office.
The first past the post (FPP) electoral system will be used for all elections except for the Northland District Health Board election which will use the single transferable voting (STV) electoral system.
Voting documents will be posted to all eligible electors from Friday 20 September 2013.
The voting period is 3 weeks from Friday 20 September 2013 to noon on Saturday 12 October 2013. Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the pre-paid envelope sent with the voting document.
A polling place for the issuing of special voting documents and to receive completed voting documents will be available at all Council offices from Friday 20 September 2013 to noon on Saturday 12 October 2013.
To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon on Saturday 12 October 2013.
Progress results will be known at about 1pm on Saturday 12 October 2013, and preliminary results will be known at about 8pm on that day.
They will be available on this website.
For further information regarding these elections, please contact the electoral office.
Write to: The Electoral Officer, Whangarei District Council
C/- Independent Election Services Ltd
P O Box 5135