Local Elections 2022

Local Government Elections

Local government triennial elections are being held by postal vote on Saturday 08 October 2022 and will be undertaken by Election Services, under contract to Kaipara District Council. These elections are your opportunity to vote for your local representative, and to influence the future of the Kaipara district. 

Kaipara will have one Māori ward (Te Moananui o Kaipara) for the Local Election 2022, with one Māori Ward Councillor elected District-wide. The Kaipara district boundary and ward boundaries can be viewed on the Stats NZ website

There will be no district health board elections in 2022 due to changes currently underway to our health system.

You are eligible to vote in local government elections if you are 18 or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and you have lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.

To vote in the Kaipara District Council’s local government elections you must either:

  • Live in Kaipara
  • Own a property in Kaipara
  • Or live outside of Kaipara but pay Kaipara District Council rates.

The single transferable voting (STV) electoral system will be used for the Kaipara District Council elections, and the first past the post (FPP) electoral system will be used for the Northland Regional Council elections. More information about these voting systems is available on the Local Government in New Zealand website.

Links to more information about the 2022 Local Elections can be found at the bottom of this page.

Key dates

  • Nominations open – Friday 15 July
  • Nominations close – 12 noon Friday 12 August
  • Delivery of voting packs – from Friday 16 September
  • Close of voting – 12 noon Saturday 8 October
  • Official results announced – Thursday 13 October to Wednesday 19 October

Enrolling for Local Elections 2022

If you are eligible and are voting in an election for the first time, you must enrol to vote by Friday 12 August 2022. You can still enrol between Friday 12 August and Friday 7 October but will need to cast a special vote. 

You can enrol to vote online on the Electoral Commission website. You will need a New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport, or a verified RealMe identity to enrol online. Enrolment forms are also available at all post shops, or you can call the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.

If you are already enrolled to vote, you are automatically enrolled to vote in a local election in the area where you live. You can check that your details are up to date on the Electoral Commission website.

If you live outside of Kaipara, but pay rates here, you can enrol to vote using the Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors

Enrolling for Local Elections 2022

If you are eligible and are voting in an election for the first time, you must enrol to vote by Friday 12 August 2022. You can still enrol between Friday 12 August and Friday 7 October but will need to cast a special vote. 

You can enrol to vote online on the Electoral Commission website. You will need a New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport, or a verified RealMe identity to enrol online. Enrolment forms are also available at all post shops, or you can call the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56.

If you are already enrolled to vote, you are automatically enrolled to vote in a local election in the area where you live. You can check that your details are up to date on the Electoral Commission website.

If you live outside of Kaipara, but pay rates here, you can enrol to vote using the Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors

Stand for Council

Nominations for the Mayor and councillors will open on Friday 15 July 2022 and close at 12 noon on Friday 12 August 2022. A nomination must be made on an official nomination paper for the ward where the candidate is standing for election.

Nomination papers will be available from Council’s Customer Service Centres, our website or from the Electoral Officer from Friday 15 July 2022.

To stand in any ward, you must be a New Zealand citizen and your name must be on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll (anywhere in New Zealand) to be a candidate in these elections. 

A candidate standing for election in a Māori ward does not have to be of Māori descent or on the Māori roll. You will need to be nominated by two people whose names appear on the Māori roll within the Te Moananui o Kaipara Māori Ward.

Once your nomination form has been processed and accepted by Council staff, you will be provided with a permit allowing you to erect election hoardings at designated sign parks around the district. This permit explains the size, type, and criteria that applies to signage allowed to be used by candidates. Election signs cannot be erected earlier than Friday 8 July 2022 and must be removed from all locations by midnight Friday 7 October 2022. 

Vote in Local Elections 2022

Election day is Saturday 8 October 2022 with voting closing at 12 noon. The voting period starts on Friday 16 September 2022.

If you are enrolled to vote, you will receive your voting pack in the mail from 16 September 2022 – you can check that your details are up to date on the Electoral Commission website.

If you do not receive your voting pack, call the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 and you will be posted a special vote.

Contact us

Council’s electoral liaison person:
Gavin Dawson, Governance Advisor
Kaipara District Council
42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville
Phone: 0800 727 059
Email: gdawson@kaipara.govt.nz

Electoral officer:
Dale Ofsoske, Independent Election Services Ltd
Electoral Office: Level 2, 198 Federal Street, Auckland
Phone: 0800 922 822
Email: dale.ofsoske@electionservices.co.nz

Read more information about the 2022 Local Elections