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This page contains information about the local body elections which are held every three years in October.
Updated: 16/08/2019 2:19 p.m.


Nominations closed on Friday 16 August 2019.  The following is the provisional list of candidates for the 2019 election.  It is subject to confirmation by Council’s Electoral Officer. 

The official declaration of candidates will be made on 21 August 2019.

2019 Candidates


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.

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

Key Dates 2019

20 - 25 September 2019

Delivery of voting papers

12 October 2019

Polling day - ballot boxes close at noon

17 October 2019

Final results will be announced by

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

2019 Timetable Triennial Election [695kb]

Frequently Asked Questions [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.  


Ward Boundary Changes

Whangarei District is divided into six wards. Some ward boundaries will be changing from 12 October 2019.

This could affect you if you live in:

  • Hikurangi-Coastal Ward
  • Bream Bay Ward

In the upcoming 2019 Local Election, you will be voting for candidates in your new ward.

For more information on these changes and to search for your address to see if your affected, please follow the links below.



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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