Local Elections 2022
From 16 September 2022 you can vote in council elections to select your Mayor and Councillors. Have you thought about helping to shape your community by standing as a candidate?
Nominations for candidates are open from 15 July to 12 August. Once nominations are confirmed, you can view the list of confirmed candidates, updated daily.
Information for Candidates
Before you complete your nomination form, please read:
- Candidates Handbook- For more Information on standing as a local candidate download the handbook.
- How Local Government Works - To find out more about how Local Government works you can read this guide
- Kaikōura District Council Candidate Briefing Presentation that was presented at the Candidate Information meeting on 13 July 2022.
- Kaikōura District Council Pre-Election Report 2022
- Standing Orders
- Meeting Overview Booklet
- Key Plans, Reports & Bylaws
Get Involved. Enrol to Vote
Are you on the electoral roll? Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live. Electors have until 12 August to get on the roll before it closes for the local elections. Check and update your enrollment here.
You can vote where you live, and in another area if you pay rates there too. Voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside the area, can also apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates and the area where they live. To go on the ratepayer roll please visit the Ratepayer Elector Enrolment Portal here
If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.
Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.
Election 2022 Timeline
- 1 October 2021 – 15 July 2022 - consider being a candidate
- 15 July 2022 - candidate nominations open
- 12 August 2022 - candidate nominations close and electoral roll closes
- 17 August 2022 - candidates announced
- 12 September 2022 - final electoral roll certified by Electoral Officer
- 16-21 September 2022 - voting papers sent to enrolled voters
- 16 September until 8 October 2022 - voting opens (closes at midday on 8 October)
- 8 October 2022 - progress and preliminary results published
- 14 - 19 October 2022 - final results announced
The Kaikōura District Council's Website cannot be used for electioneering purposes. Any post found within this site that you believe specifically relates to a nominee intending to run for Council or an election campaign should be reported and we will consider it for removal.
Electors have until mid-August of the election year to get on the roll before the rolls close for the local elections.
After that date, if an eligible elector is not on the roll, or their roll details are wrong, they may cast a special vote. If their name is not on the roll they must apply to enrol before voting. They may also cast a special vote if their voting papers are lost or damaged, or if they can satisfy the electoral officer that it would be too difficult to cast an ordinary vote.
Anyone wanting to cast a special vote must contact the electoral officer by the day before polling day at the latest.
Candidates will generally promote themselves from the time their nominations are confirmed until the end of the election period. Often they will use newspaper or radio advertising, billboards and leaflets delivered to mail boxes. Some may use the internet - a new website. Candidates will also attend public meetings where they can present their views and answer questions from electors. The local news media will normally run stories about candidates and their campaigns during the elections.
Candidates may also provide a ‘candidate profile statement’ to the electoral officer with their nomination, which the electoral officer has to include with the voting documents posted to electors.
Votes are processed, but not counted, as they come in. The announcement of the preliminary results will depend on the flow of the returned voting documents to electoral officers. Electoral officers have the discretion to announce progress results (i.e. votes counted to date), and some do so very soon after midday on polling day for FPP. This tends to happen more in larger areas, where there are many votes to count. The preliminary results (i.e. the count of all ordinary votes, and validated special votes) for smaller councils using FPP might be available within a few hours of the close of voting on polling day.
Under FPP, candidates' vote tallies increase progressively as more and more votes are counted. It is possible to predict whether the uncounted votes could alter the outcome after a progress result, based on the margins between the candidates and how many votes there are left to count.
However, the nature of STV voting means that a very few votes can alter the result of an election by changing the order in which candidates are excluded and their votes transferred. As a result, it is less clear how a relatively small number of votes will affect the final result under STV. This is why progress results are generally not made in STV elections.
The Society of Local Government Managers' electoral working party has recommended that electoral officers release preliminary results (as distinct from progress results) for STV elections as soon as practicable. If electoral officers cannot release a preliminary result by midday on the Sunday after polling day, because they have not received all the votes to process and put through the calculator for an announcement by that time, then they should consider releasing progress results sometime after midday on Sunday.