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Kaipara District Council Local Elections 2016

Triennial elections for elected members of all local authorities throughout New Zealand are to be conducted by postal vote on Saturday 08 October 2016.

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and will be administered under contract, by Election Services, for the Kaipara District Council.

Elections will be required for the following positions: Nominations
Nominations for the above positions open on Friday 15 July 2016 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2016.

Nomination forms are available during this period from Council offices at:
  • 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville;
  • Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai; or
  • by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.
Downloadable forms are also available on the following links: To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • a New Zealand citizen.
Detailed candidate information handbooks will be available from the electoral office (telephone 0800 922 822) from May 2016.
Electoral Roll

Those eligible to vote at the election are all resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the constituent territorial authority electoral roll when it closes. The preliminary constituent territorial authority electoral rolls will be available for public inspection at Council offices in Dargaville and Mangawhai from Friday 15 July 2016 to Friday 12 August 2016.

Resident Roll – All Parliamentary electors, including those on the Maori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll, at the address where they live.

Any alterations to the Resident Roll (e.g. change of address details, including new postal addresses) should be made by:
  • completing the appropriate form at any Post Shop;
  • telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656); or
  • accessing the Enrolment Services (Electoral Commission) website on www.elections.org.nz
Ratepayer Roll

If a person is on the Parliamentary roll in one area and pays rates on a property in another area, this person may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.  A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person resides outside of the area). Ratepayer Roll Enrolment Forms are available at respective constituent territorial authority offices, or by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Electoral system

The Single Transferable vote (STV) electoral system will be used for all elections except for the Northland Regional Council which will use the first past the post system (FPP).

Voting period

Voting documents will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Friday 16 September 2016.

The voting period is three weeks (Friday 16 September 2016 to noon Saturday 08 October 2016). Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the orange pre-paid envelope sent with their voting document. Polling places for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Friday 16 September 2016 to noon Saturday 08 October 2016 at Council offices at Dargaville and Mangawhai.

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 08 October 2016.

Preliminary results will be known later in the evening, on Saturday 08 October 2016. These will be accessible on Council's website www.kaipara.govt.nz
2016 Candidates Information Handbook
The Candidate Information Handbook for the 2016 elections provides a general guide to the processes and policies for the upcoming election. Anyone considering standing for Council should read this in detail. Hard copies will be available in early June. 
Download the 2016 Candidates Information Handbook.

Triennial Election Timetable
Download the 2016 triennial election timetable

2016 Local Elections Fact Sheet
Download the 2016 local elections fact sheet

Contact details

For further information regarding these elections, please contact:
Sean Mahoney | Governance Services Manager


2016 Triennial Election Timetable

2016 Local Elections Fact Sheet

Kaipara District Council Elections Frequently Asked Questions

Be a voter

Be a candidate

Notice of Election, Nomination of Candidates and Closing Date for Nominations



Online requests 

Kaipara District Council
0800 727 059 (24 Hours)
Phone: +64 9 439 7059
Email: council@kaipara.govt.nz


Office hours: 8 am to 4.30 pm Monday to Friday

Address: 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville 0310
Address: Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai 0505

Mail: Private Bag 1001, Dargaville 0340


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