Enrol now - it's time

Published on 15 June 2022

Vote 2022

If you’re over 18, you can vote in the upcoming Local Elections 2022. It’s easy to enrol to vote:

Online: www.vote.nz

Phone: 0800 36 76 56

Free text: Send your name and address to 3676

Enrolment forms are also available at your local post shop.

Local Elections 2022

Here are answers to some of the common questions about 2022 Local Elections:


Enrolled already but moved house since the last elections?

You can check or update your enrolment details online:


Choosing between the Māori roll and general roll

Whangarei District Council has established a Māori ward for the 2022 local elections. Two Māori ward councillors will be elected, by electors enrolled on the Māori roll.

If you’re of Māori descent, you can choose between the Māori roll and the general roll when you first enrol to vote.

If you choose the Māori roll, you’ll vote for candidates in a Māori ward. If you choose the general roll, you’ll vote for candidates in a general ward.

Once you’re enrolled, you can only change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option, which is usually held every 5 years. The next Māori Electoral Option is in 2024.

Your local representatives

At the local elections 2022 you’ll get the chance to decide who represents you on the Whangarei District Council.

In total 13 councillors and a mayor will be elected to Council made up of:

  • 11 general ward councillors elected by ward, by electors enrolled on the general roll
  • 2 Māori ward councillors elected by one district-wide ward, by electors enrolled on the Māori roll
  • A mayor elected by everyone in the District

Read further information about enrollment:


STAND for your community. It’s time!

Do you have a desire to serve your community?

Nominations for Mayor and councillors open on Friday 15 July 2022 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2022. A nomination must be made on an official nomination paper for the ward where the candidate is standing for election.

Nomination papers will be available from Council’s Customer Service Centres, our website or from the Electoral Officer from Friday 15 July 2022.

What is the role of an elected member at Whangarei District Council?

Being an elected member is a busy job that involves meetings, events and bringing the views of the community into the decision-making process.

As a representative and leader of your community your role would include:

  • promoting and achieving a vision for the Whangārei District
  • setting Council plans, policies and budgets
  • making regulatory decisions
  • reviewing council performance

Read further information about standing:


VOTE. It’s your Council - your choice. It’s time.

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.

Local elections are held by a postal ballot

If you are a resident of the Whangārei District and have previously registered to vote in a general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the upcoming local elections.

Your voting papers will be sent to the address where you were residing at the last general election in 2020. If your address has changed since the last general election, you can update your details online:


Read further information about voting:


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