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This page contains information about the local body elections which are held every three years.
Updated: 17/11/2015 2:10 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.

2016 Elections

The next round of elections for elected members of Whangarei District Council are to be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 8 October 2016.

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and will be administered under contract, by Election Services, for the Whangarei District Council.


Elections will be required for the following positions:

  • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
  • Councillors (13)
    • Bream Bay Ward (2)
    • Denby Ward (3)
    • Hikurangi-Coastal Ward (2)
    • Mangakahia-Maungatapere Ward (1)
    • Okara Ward (4)
    • Whangarei Heads Ward (1)

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


Nominations for the above positions will open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Nomination forms will be available during this period from:

  • Council’s Main Office, Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei;
  • Ruakaka Service Centre, 9 Takutai Place, Ruakaka;
  • by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822; or
  • on this website page.


To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • a New Zealand citizen.

Detailed candidate information handbooks will be available from the electoral office (phone 0800 922 822) from May 2016.

Electoral Roll

Those eligible to vote at the election are all resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes. The preliminary electoral roll (by ward) will be available for public inspection at Council offices within the district from Friday 15 July 2016 to Friday 12 August 2016.

Resident Roll

All parliamentary electors, including those on the Māori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll, at the address where they live.

Any alterations to the Resident Roll (eg. change of address details, including new postal addresses) should be made by:

  • completing the appropriate form at any post shop;
  • telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656);
  • accessing the Enrolment Services (Electoral Commission) website.

Enrolment Services (Electoral Commission website)

Ratepayer Roll

If a person is on the parliamentary roll in one area and pays rates on a property in another area, this person 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). Ratepayer Roll Enrolment Forms are available by following the link below, or at all Council offices, or by phoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Electoral system

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

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 FFP (Dept. Internal Affairs website)

Voting period

Voting documents will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Friday 16 September 2016.

The voting period is three weeks (Friday 16 September 2016 to noon Saturday 8 October 2016). Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the orange pre-paid envelope sent with their voting document. Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Friday 16 September 2016 to noon Saturday 8 October 2016 at all Council offices.

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 8 October 2016.

Progress results will be known early afternoon, and preliminary results will be known late evening, on Saturday 8 October 2016. These will be made available on this website. 

A timetable showing all relevant dates for the election can be viewed by following the link below.

2016 Election Timetable

Further information

For further information regarding this election, please contact the electoral office:

The Electoral Officer, Whangarei District Council
PO Box 5135, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141

Phone: 0800 922 822


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