2019 Elections information
Before you can cast a vote or stand for council, you need to be enrolled on the New Zealand Parliamentary Electoral Roll. Visit the Electoral Commission website to start the registration process. Get ready to enrol (external link)
Triennial elections for elected members will be by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.
Elections will be required for the following positions:
1 Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
. Gisborne ward (9)
. Matakaoa-Waiapu ward (1)
. Taruheru-Patutahi ward (1)
. Tawhiti-Uawa ward (1)
. Waipaoa ward (1)
. Tairawhiti District Health Board members (7 members elected ‘at large’)
Nominations for the positions open Friday 19 July and close noon Friday 16 August 2019.
Enrolment form and information
For more information on nominations, the electoral roll and voting period read the
Fact Sheet for Triennial Election [PDF, 2.8 MB]
Watch this series of videos
Thinking about standing for local government?
Deciding to play a significant role in your local community by running for local government is a big decision. The following videos will give you an insight in to what you can expect in each of the various roles you might choose to put yourself forward for in the 2019 Elections.
We recommend you watch the videos on the latest version of Chrome to avoid any technical issues.
You can also find more detailed information for candidates on the Local Government NZ website(external link).
Standing for local government.
To introduce you to the elected member roles, including a description of what elected members do. By the end of the video you'll be able to clarify the value of the elected member role and what can be achieved and consider what elected members actually do.
What do you need to be an elected member?
To help you think about what skills you'll need to have and behaviours you'll need to display as an elected member and what sort of support will be available to help.
By the end of this video you will be able to clarify the value of diversity around the council table and think about what sort of things you might like to learn more about.
How councils work
To help you find out about how councils work and are funded. By the end of this video you will be able to explain how councils make decisions and find out about elected members’ pay.
To help you understand the next steps to take, if you've decided to stand for local government. By the end of this video you will be able to complete the local government nomination requirements and think about the types of campaigning methods that will work for you.
Your first days as an elected member
Gives you an idea of what to expect if you're successfully elected. By the end of this video you will get important dates into your diary so that you're available for those essential first meetings.