Election process and timeline

Local Elections will take place from 16 September to 8 October 2022.

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Whangarei District Council is made up of the Mayor and councillors who represent our local communities.

Local elections are held every three years to choose our representatives on Council. The next local election will be held by postal vote from 16 September to 8 October 2022

The elections are your chance to vote for your local representative to influence the decisions Council makes that affect us all.   

The elections are conducted under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.

Local elections 2022 handbook(PDF, 1MB)

Basis of election

After an extensive representation review in 2021, the Local Government Commission has determined  representation of the Whangārei District for the 2022 local elections as follows:   


  • 13 councillors in total:
  • 11 general ward councillors elected by ward, by electors enrolled on the general roll
  • 2 Māori ward councilors elected by one district-wide ward, by electors enrolled on the Māori roll
  • The Mayor elected at large.


Six wards in total:

  • Five General Wards:
    • Bream Bay General Ward
    • Hikurangi-Coastal General Ward
    • Mangakahia-Maungatapere General Ward
    • Whangārei Heads General Ward
    • Whangārei Urban General Ward
  • One Māori Ward:
  • Whangārei District Māori Ward 
Wards Councillor(s) Elected

Urban ward

Whangārei Urban General Ward


By electors enrolled on the general roll

Rural wards

Mangakahia-Maungatapere General Ward


By electors enrolled on the general roll

Hikurangi-Coastal General Ward


Bream Bay General Ward


Whangārei Heads General Ward


Māori ward

Whangārei District Māori Ward


By electors enrolled on the Māori roll

Find your ward for the 2022 local elections

To find out what ward you will be voting in, view the Election 2022 Wards map and search for your address or choose Use current location. 

Election 2022 Wards map

General ward map for 2022 elections(PDF, 467KB)

Māori ward map for the 2022 elections(PDF, 416KB)

Find more information on this review:

Representation review 

Find more information on Wards:

Whangārei District Wards

Electoral system

The Local Electoral Act 2001 allows Councils to use one of the two electoral systems during its elections, First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV).

During the 2019 triennial elections, 67 of 78 local authorities in New Zealand used the First Past the Post electoral system, and 11 of 78 local authorities used the Single Transferable Vote electoral system.

Far North District Council and Kaipara District Councils have opted to use Single Transferable Vote in 2022.

We have used First Past the Post since 2001 and have opted to use the same system in 2022. Northland Regional Council will also use First Past the Post for the 2022 elections.

First Past the Post

Under the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system, the candidate with the most votes wins. This is a very simple method of electing candidates and is widely used throughout the world.

It was used in New Zealand for Parliamentary elections up until the introduction of MMP (Mixed Member Proportional) in the 1996 general election and has been used by Whangarei District Council since 2001.

With the First Past the Post system:

  • Electors place ticks next to the names of their preferred candidate(s), and
  • The candidate that received the most votes is declared the winner.

Under First Past the Post, you would place ticks next to the names of three candidates, which means you would have three votes.

You can learn more about First Past the Post on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

First Past the Post (dia.govt.nz)

Single Transferable Vote

Under a Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system, voters rank candidates in their order of preference.

With a Single Transferable Vote system:

  • Electors rank candidates in their order of preference - '1' for your first choice, '2' for your second choice, '3' for your third choice and so on.
  • The number of votes required for a candidate to be elected (called the quota) depends on the number of positions to be filled and the number of valid votes.
  • The necessary number of candidates to fill all vacancies is achieved:
  • First by counting of the first preferences;
  • Then by transfer of a proportion of votes received by  any candidate where the number of votes for that candidate exceeds the quota.

You can learn more about Single Transferable Vote on the Department of Internal Affairs website.

Single Transferable Vote (dia.govt.nz)

Key roles

Electoral Officer

Public confidence in, and public understanding of local electoral processes are fundamental to healthy local democracy. Elections must be managed independently from the Council.

Electoral Officers are responsible for all matters relating to the local election. The Electoral Officers duties include:

  • compiling and certifying electoral rolls
  • publishing public notices in relation to elections
  • receiving nominations
  • issuing and receiving ordinary and special votes
  • processing and counting votes
  • declaring the results.

Whangarei District Council has appointed an independent Electoral Officer to conduct the local election on behalf of Council.

Electoral Officer contact details

Dale Ofsoske – Election Services
Level 2A 198 Federal Street
Auckland 1010
PO Box 5135
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

Phone: 09 973 5212

Email: info@electionservices.co.nz 

Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission encourages and helps people to enrol to vote in elections.

Electoral Commission contact details

22A Rathbone Street

Phone: 0800 36 76 56

Website: www.elections.govt.nz

Whangarei District Council

We assist the Electoral Officer with the facilitating of the elections locally.

We also receive nominations and ordinary and special votes at its local offices and ensure that relevant and up-to-date information relating to the election and election results are available on our website. 

Our contact details

Whangārei Service Centre
Forum North, 7 Rust Avenue

Phone: 09 430 4200 

Ruakākā Service Centre
9 Takutai Place

Phone: 09 432 8360

Whangarei District Council 
Private Bag 9023
Whangārei 0148

Counting of votes and declaration of results

The counting of votes will commence from noon Saturday 8 October 2022. Votes are counted by the Electoral Officer.

Progress results

Progress results will be announced early afternoon of Saturday 8 October 2022.

Preliminary results

The preliminary results of an election or poll are determined by counting all the ordinary votes and may also include those special votes from valid special voting documents identified at that time.

The preliminary results will be announced on the morning of Sunday 9 October 2022 once all votes received at council offices (up until 12 noon on election day) have been delivered to the electoral office in Auckland and processed.

Progress and preliminary results will be released to the media and placed on our website once known, on the afternoon of Saturday 8 October 2022 (for progress results) and on Sunday 9 October 2022 (for preliminary results).

Declaration of official results

The electoral officer will give public notice declaring the official result of an election or poll, as soon as practicable after:

  • the validity of all special votes has been determined, and
  • all valid votes have been counted.

This is expected to be completed by Thursday 13 October 2022.

Mayor and councillor swearing in ceremonies and induction

Elected members take up office the day after the official result has been declared by public notice (expected to be Thursday 13 October 2022).

However, elected members cannot act until they have been sworn into office.

The Mayor and Councillors will then be given an induction to make sure they have the knowledge needed to represent their community on Council.