Local Elections 2019

The local elections are when we decide who represents us on our councils and health boards. The elections will be held by a postal vote in October this year.    

The elections are for city and district councils, regional councils and District Health Boards. In some parts of New Zealand, elections will also be held for local and community boards, licensing trusts and some other organisations.

You need to be enrolled to vote

Anyone who is on the electoral roll can vote in the local elections.   If you have moved house, you will need to update your details so your voting papers are sent to the right address.  Enrol, check and update your details here. You can find out more about enrolling to vote 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If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.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 in local elections, 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.

Ratepayer roll

If you live in one council area but own property and pay rates in another, you may also be able to vote in that council area.   You will need to apply to go on the ratepayer roll in the council area in which you own property, but do not usually live.

Contact the electoral officer for the local council area. They will send you a form to complete, sign and return, so they can check your eligibility.

More information

The elections are run by local councils.  In late September they will send voting papers in the mail to all voters on the electoral roll.

More information about the 2019 local elections, including key dates for candidate nominations and a list of council electoral officers, can be found on the Local Government New Zealand website.

The Electoral Commission’s role in the 2019 local elections is to ensure that the electoral roll is up to date and provided to each local council.  An enrolment update campaign will begin in July to encourage people to check they are enrolled and ready to vote.

Key dates for the 2019 local elections

1 July

Enrolment update packs sent to all enrolled voters.

16 August

Enrolment closes for printed roll. People must enrol by this day to receive voting papers in the mail. People who enrol after this day will have to request special voting papers from their local council electoral officer.

20-25 September

Voting documents sent by councils to all enrolled voters.

Midday Saturday 12  October   

Voting closes at midday.   



Last updated: 12 June 2019