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2019 Elections information for candidates and voters

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2019 Elections information for candidates and voters

The elections will be held by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Q&As on voting

Q1. I'm away and will not be here when the voting documents are posted out.

You will need to contact the electoral office for a special vote on 0800 922 822.

Q2. Where can I have a special vote?

Special voting is available from 16 September at:
Gisborne District Council office, 15 Fitzherbert Street Gisborne
Te Puia Springs service centre, 4746 Waiapu Rd, Te Puia Springs
or phone 0800 922 822

Q3. I didn't receive my voting document, how do I obtain a special vote?

Are you on the Parliamentary electoral roll for the address you want to vote for?
If yes, you will need to apply for a special vote. See details in Q2.

If you don't know or you're not - you'll need to complete an enrolment form for this. Pick one up at any NZ Post agency or enrol online at or ring 0800 36 76 56 or send your name and address to Freetext 3676. This form needs to be with the Registrar of Electors before close of business Friday 11 October 2019. You'll also need to contact the electoral office for a special vote on 0800 922 822. See Q2. 

Q4. I have spoiled my voting documents, or made a mistake on my documents. What can I do?

If you can amend it so that your voting intention is clear, then do so.

If necessary, we can issue you with a special voting document, phone 0800 922 822. This will take time and require you to complete a declaration.

Q5. I'm on the Unpublished Parliamentary Roll and I want a special vote

You will need to call the electoral office on 0800 922 822 and request a special vote.  

Information and pre-election report

Read the Candidate information booklet 2019 [PDF, 4.1 MB] 

The pre-election report gives an overview of our Council, it's responsibilities, our projects and activities, our future challenges and our financial position as of July 2019. 
Read the Pre-Election Report 2019 [PDF, 10 MB] 

Determine the future of Tairāwhiti

You could be the next leader in your community.  Check out the video on how you can get involved in this year's local body elections. 

Are you enrolled?

Before you can cast a vote, 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) 

Elections for elected members will be by postal vote on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Enrolment form and information

Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors [PDF, 151 KB]

For more information on nominations, the electoral roll and voting period read the
Fact Sheet for Triennial Election [PDF, 2.8 MB] 


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Your first days as an elected member

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