Have your say on who represents your community by voting in the 2022 local elections. You can vote from 16 September to 8 October.
Local elections decide who represents us on our city, district, and regional councils.
In some parts of New Zealand, local elections are also held for local and community boards, licensing trusts, and some other organisations.
The people elected to local councils get to make decisions about our daily lives and the future of our towns and cities. They set and collect rates, oversee town planning, and provide services like rubbish collection, parks and libraries.
Local elections no longer include District Health Board elections. The boards are being replaced by a new body, Health New Zealand.
Local councils run their own local elections. The Electoral Commission's role in local elections is limited to enrolment. More information about the local elections, including who you can vote for, is available on the Vote 2022 website.
Information for voters (Vote 2022 Local Elections)
If you don't receive your voting papers
If you were enrolled by 12 August, your local council will send your voting papers in the mail. You should receive your voting papers from 16-21 September.
If you don't receive your voting papers, you should contact your council's electoral officer.
Contact your local council's electoral officer (Vote 2022 Local Elections)
You also need to check you're enrolled, and update your details if you've changed address. You need to be correctly enrolled by midnight on 7 October for your vote to count.
Enrol to have your say
If you’re on the electoral roll, you can vote in the local elections where you live.
You can enrol if you’re 18 or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life.
Or call 0800 36 76 56 and ask us to send you an enrolment form.
Your enrolment pack
Everyone on the electoral roll will be sent an enrolment update pack in the mail in the first week of July 2022.
When you receive your pack, check your details are correct, including your address.
If they’re correct, you don’t need to do anything.
If they’re incorrect, update your details by 12 August. You can update your details online using your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity. Or make the changes on the form in your update pack, sign it and send it back.
Your local council will send voting papers to you in the mail when it’s time to vote, so it’s important that you’re enrolled at the right address.
If you don’t receive an enrolment pack
If you don’t receive an enrolment pack in the first week of July, it means you’re not enrolled to vote or your details are not up to date.
Or call 0800 36 76 56 and ask us to send you a form.
If you enrol after Friday 12 August
If you enrol or update your address after midnight 12 August 2022, you won’t get your voting papers sent to you in the mail. You’ll have to request special voting papers from your local council’s electoral officer.
The last day to enrol to vote in the local elections is midnight Friday 7 October.
Contact an electoral officer (Vote Local)
Key dates for the 2022 Local Elections
|30 June||Enrolment update packs sent to all enrolled voters from this date|
|12 August||Enrolment closes for the printed electoral roll — enrol by 12 August to get your voting papers in the mail.
If you enrol after this date, you can request special voting papers from your local council’s electoral officer
Contact an electoral officer
|16-21 September||Voting documents sent to all enrolled voters by local councils|
|Saturday 8 October||Voting closes at midday|