2019 Local Authority Elections

Election Timetable

Date   Description
19 July - 16 August 2019  Candidate nomination period - closes 12 noon on 16 August 2019
2 August 2019  Pre-election report available
20 September - 12 October 2019  Voting period (including Special Voting). Early processing period.
12 October 2019  Election day. Voting closes at 12 noon.
 Preliminary results announced.
17 - 20 October 2019  Declaration / public notice of results
11 December 2019  Register of election expenses and donation expenses published

Enrolling to Vote

You must be enrolled in order to vote in the 2019 Council elections.

Information on enrolling to vote in Council, District Health Board and New Zealand Parliamentary elections can be viewed here.

Ratepayer-Elector Enrolment

If you live outside of the Manawatu District, but own and pay rates on a property within the Manawatu district, then you may qualify to vote more than once at the local authority elections on 12 October 2019.

To enrol as a Ratepayer Elector to vote in the Manawatu District Council's elections you can download and complete an enrolment form from here.

If you live within the Manawatu District, but own and pay rates on a property outside of the Manawatu District, you need to contact that Council for an enrolment form to complete.

Contact Council 06 323 0000 for more information.

Election Signs

Electioneering signs are permitted in the two month period prior to the election (i.e. from 12 August) and must be removed within one week after the election.  More information is in Advertising Signs Pamphlet and in the Candidate Information Handbook.

Pre Election Report

The pre-election report is a report that provides information to promote public discussion about the issues facing the Council. It is required by Section 99A(4) Local Government Act 2002.

You will be able to download a copy from this page, or pick up a printed copy from the Feilding Library or Council's administration building, from 2 August 2019 onwards.

Candidate Briefing Session

A candidate information session will be held at Manawatu District Council during the candidate nomination period (date yet to be arranged).

Candidate Handbook

A guide for everyone standing for election to Council at the 2019 elections will be available from the webpage, and Council's administration building, once the nomination period opens.

Candidate Conflicts of Interest

Candidates cannot be anyone that has an involvement in contracts over $25,000 with the Council.  This restriction can be waived if prior approval from the Office of the Controller and Auditor General is sought.

The two specific rules in the Local Authorities (Members' Interests) Act are that members cannot:

  • enter into contracts with their local authority worth more than $25,000 in a financial year; or
  • participate in matters before their authority in which they have a pecuniary interest, other than an interest in common with the public.

See information on the Office of the Auditor General's website: Guidance on Pecuniary Interests

For those interested in standing as a candidate for election to a District Health Board, as well as the above qualifications for candidacy you must also not be disqualified by either clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) of the Crown Entities Act 2004.