Local Elections 2022

Local Government Elections

Local government triennial elections are being held by postal vote on Saturday 08 October 2022. Click here to see the latest number of votes cast each day during the voting period.

These elections are your opportunity to vote for your local representative, and to influence the future of the Kaipara district.  

More information about voting and who the candidates are can be found further down this page.  

Key dates

  • Delivery of voting packs – from Friday 16 September
  • Close of voting – 12 noon Saturday 8 October
  • Progress results available - mid to late afternoon Saturday 8 October
  • Preliminary results available - mid to late afternoon Sunday 9 October
  • Official results announced – Thursday 13 October to Wednesday 19 October


Preliminary and final results

Vote in local elections 2022

Election day is Saturday 8 October 2022 with voting closing at 12 noon. Kaipara District Council offices will be open on election day between 9 am - 12 noon for voters to drop off voting papers.

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 are enrolled and do not receive your voting papers in the mail before Wednesday 21 September, you can call the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 to be posted a special vote or collect one from a Kaipara District Council office.  

You must bring Government issued ID (e.g. Passport, Driver Licence or Gun Licence) for Council staff to site if you are completing a special vote at a Council office. If you cannot provide the necessary ID, you will need to take your voting pack away and have your vote witnessed by someone over the age of 18. 

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.

Read the 2022 Kaipara District Council Pre-Election Report. This report is produced every three years ahead of local body elections, to provide information and promote public discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the local authority.

Enrol 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 of Māori descent, and you’re not currently enrolled, you can choose to enrol on the Māori roll. If you are already enrolled, it is not possible to switch from General roll to Māori roll, or vice versa.

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


Representation for elections

In Kaipara, our Council will consist of the Mayor and nine councillors:

Ward Position(s)
  Mayor (elected 'at large')
Mangawhai-Kaiwaka General Ward   3 positions
Otamatea General Ward 2 positions
Wairoa General Ward 3 positions
Te Moananui o Kaipara Māori Ward 1 position

For the first time Kaipara District Council will have a Māori Ward. Māori Wards will provide a new way for Māori to contribute to decision-making and strengthen Māori representation at Council. Kaipara’s Māori Ward councillor will represent people of Māori descent and bring forward Māori views and aspirations. However, like General Ward councillors, they also represent the entire community in our District. You can view an electorate and ward boundary map on the Stats NZ website.

There will be no district health board elections in 2022.

Elections signs for candidates

Once your nomination has been processed and accepted by Council staff, you will be provided with a permit to erect election signs at approved sites within Kaipara. The permit is in accordance with clause 4.1f of Part 5 (Control of Advertising Signs) of the General Consolidated Bylaw 2020.

This permit is issued to all confirmed candidates who are standing for election for:

  • all wards within the Kaipara District Council
  • all Northland Regional Council constituencies located within the Kaipara District Council boundaries.

All signs must comply with the following conditions:

  1. Signs must only be located in the approved sites as provided in attachment to the permit. A list of approved sites is also available on our website.
  2. Signs must not be erected prior to 11.59 pm on 7 July 2022.
  3. Signs must be removed by 11.59 pm on 7 October 2022.
  4. Signs must be no greater than 3m2.
  5. Signs must comply with all traffic safety requirements of clauses 4.1.e and 5 of Part 5 of the Consolidated General Bylaw.
  6. Signs must be installed in a way that does not obstruct other electoral signs on the site, Council Officers reserve the right to remove or relocate signs as required to meet this condition if necessary.
  7. Candidates must only erect one sign per signage area.

Please contact Gavin Dawson on 0800 727 059 if you have any questions or to obtain a permit to erect signs across the District.

 Contact us

Media enquiries:

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


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