Local Elections 2019

This page contains information about the 2019 local elections.

Every three years elections are held for local authorities. This includes mayors, Councillors, community board members and local board members. These are the triennial elections. The next election is 2019.

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Read the 2019 Pre-Election Report


2019 Election

The next elections will be held on 12 October 2019. 

The triennial elections of regional councils, city and district councils, community boards and local boards are held at the same time as elections for district health boards and licensing trusts.

Check Council's Election Statistics 

Key dates for local authority elections 2019.

  • 1 July 2019 - Electoral Commission enrollment campaign starts.
  • 19 July 2019 - Nominations open for candidates. Nominations have to be sent to the electoral officer for the council, district health board or licensing trust. Rolls open for inspection at council offices and other sites locally.
  • 16 August 2019 -  Nominations close at 12 noon.
  • 16 August 2019 - Rolls close. After this date, anyone who is entitled to vote and who is not enrolled as an elector, or whose details are incorrectly recorded on the roll, will have to cast a ‘special vote’.
  • 21 August 2019 - Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers.
  • 20-25 September 2019 - Voting documents delivered to households. Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.
  • 12 October 2019 Polling day — The voting documents must be at the council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted) will be available as soon as possible afterwards.
  • 17-23 October 2019 (or as soon as practicable) - Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.

Understanding Council

New Zealand’s regional, district, city or unitary councils are all part of New Zealand's local government. Local government manages issues that are specific to local communities including roads, drinking water, rubbish and recycling, natural hazards, libraries and events. 

Read more about local government and Councils including: what powers they have, how they are formed, how they make decisions and how you can participate by reading the factsheet below.

Local government factsheet 


Local government factsheet for youth