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Essential Information

Essential Information

Updated 27 March 2019 1:20pm

The local authority elections are conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.

The local authority elections are undertaken on behalf of the Wellington Regional Council by the constituent territorial authorities within the Wellington Region. In addition to their own election (Mayor, Council, Community Board), each territorial authority is responsible for compiling and certifying the electoral rolls, issuing the voting papers, and processing and counting Wellington Regional Council votes.

Wellington Regional Council resolved to use the Single Transferable Vote voting system for the 2019 election. 

Wellington Regional Council’s Electoral Officer is responsible for accepting candidate nominations and declaring the results for Wellington Regional Council’s election.

Who can vote?

You need to be enrolled on either the resident or ratepayer electoral roll for the Wellington Region to be entitled to vote.

Resident electoral roll

All parliamentary electors are automatically enrolled on the local authority residential electoral role for the address where they live. If you wish to enrol or update your details, you can:

Ratepayer electoral roll

If a person is on the parliamentary roll in one area and pays rates on a property in another area, they may be entitled to enrol to vote on the non-resident ratepayer roll.

Ratepayer roll enrolment forms will be sent out to ratepayers.   

Who can stand as a candidate? 

To be eligible to stand as a candidate you must be:

  • enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll for the constituency for which you wish to stand.

Nominations for the 2019 local government elections open on 19 July and close at 12noon on 16 August 2019. 


Voting documents, including a reply paid envelope will be sent to all eligible voters by post during September 2019. Votes needed to be returned by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2019