Local Elections 2019

Local Government Elections

Triennial elections for elected members of most local authorities throughout New Zealand are to be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 12 October 2019. The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and will be undertaken by Election Services, under contract to Kaipara District Council.

Candidate Evenings

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to stand for a role on your district or regional council?

Maybe as mayor? Possibly as a district or regional councillor?

Before you make up your mind there’s an opportunity to find out more on this year’s local government elections at a number of candidates’ information evenings. Hear about where the council is up to, what projects and challenges are on the horizon, and what sort of people council need to address the future.

The events will be hosted across the district:

Monday 22 July, 5:30 - 6:30pm Maungaturoto Country Club, Bickerstaffe Road
Wednesday 24 July, 5:30 - 6:30pm Mangawhai Heads Surf Club, Mangawhai
Monday 29 July, 5:30 - 6:30pm Kaiwaka Memorial Hall, Kaiwaka – Mangawhai Road
Wednesday 31 July, 5:30 - 6:30pm Dargaville Town Hall, Hokianga Road (with Northland Regional Council)
Monday 5 August, 5:30 - 6:30pm Ruawai – Tokatoka War Memorial Hall, Wharf Road

The evening will feature two presenters: KDC chief executive Louise Miller, alongside General Manager Governance, Strategy & Democracy Jason Marris with a brief presentation about the council and the roles and responsibilities of elected member. KDC electoral officer Dale Ofsoske will cover the election process including details on how prospective candidates can submit nominations. The event in Dargaville, will include a presentation from Northland Regional Council about the differences between Regional and District Council (more information on NRC evenings can be found on their website www.nrc.govt.nz).


Elections will be required for the following positions:

Map of Kaipara Wards

  • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
  • Councillors (8)
  • Kaiwaka- Mangawhai Ward (2)
  • Otamatea Ward (2)
  • Central-West Coast Ward (2)
  • Dargaville Ward (2)

For information on the Representation Review undertaken in 2018/2019

Regional Council and Health Board 

  • Northland Regional Council Members
  • Northland District Health Board Members (7 members elected ‘at large’)


Nominations for the above positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at noon on Friday 16 August 2019. Nomination papers will be available during this period from:

Council’s Dargaville Office, 42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville
Mangawhai Service Centre, Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai
Kaipara Libraries (for open hours and locations please see here)
You can also obtain nominations paper on this website, or by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for.

Detailed candidate information handbooks will be available from council offices from May 2019. 

Electoral roll

Those eligible to vote in the election are all resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when it closes on Friday 16 August 2019. The Preliminary Electoral Roll will be available for public inspection from Friday 19 July 2019 to Friday 16 August 2019 at the above locations.

Resident Roll: All parliamentary electors, including those on the Māori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll, at the address where they live. Any alterations to the Resident Roll (eg change of address details, including new postal addresses) should be made by:

  • completing the appropriate form at any post shop;
  • phoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656)
  • accessing the Electoral Commission website on www.elections.org.nz

You can find information about the Non-resident Ratepayer Electoral Roll here

Electoral system

The first single transferable vote electoral system will be used.

Voting period

Voting documents will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Friday 20 September 2019. The voting period is three weeks (Friday 20 September 2019 to noon Saturday 12 October 2019). 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 20 September 2019 to close of business on Friday 11 October 2019 at all Council offices. On Saturday 12 October 2019, the issuing of special voting documents and the receiving of completed voting documents will be available at Council’s Dargaville and Mangawhai offices only. To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 12 October 2019. Progress results will be known early afternoon, and preliminary results will be known early on Sunday morning, 13 October 2019. These will be accessible on Council’s website.

Contact us

For further information regarding this election, please contact the electoral office:
Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer
Kaipara District Council
C/o PO Box 5135, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
Email: info@electionservices.co.nz
Phone: 0800 922 822