Local Elections 2022

This page contains information about the 2022 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 2022. 

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.


The Kaikōura District Council's Website must not be used for electioneering purposes. Any post - positive or negative – found within the site specifically relating to any nomination, intending to run for Council or election campaign, must be reported and will be removed immediately.

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
  • 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

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.

Do you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another area? You may qualify to vote in both areas at the local authority elections in October 2022. Download the flyer to find out more.

Local government factsheet


Local government factsheet for youth