2019 Local Authority Elections
The next local body elections are being held in October 2019.
Elections will be held for:
- Manawatu District: 1 Mayor
- Manawatu District: 5 Councillors to represent the Feilding Ward
- Manawatu District: 5 Councillors to represent the Rural Ward
- Horizons Region: 2 members to represent the Manawatu-Rangitikei Constituency (outcome of Representation Review was to include all of Manawatu District Council area in the Manawatu-Rangitikei Constituency)
- MidCentral District Health Board: 7 members
|From 17 July 2019
||Elections advertised and nominations called
|19 July - 16 August 2019
||Candidate nomination period - closes 12 noon on 16 August 2019
|2 August 2019
||Manawatu District Council Pre-election report available
|6 August 2019
||Candidate Briefing Session - 7.00pm Council Chambers
|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.
|By 17 October 2019
||Official result released
|From 17 October 2019
||Official result advertised
|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.
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.
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. (Note this is the 2016 edition and will be replaced with the 2019 edition as soon as it is available). Please note electioneering signs cannot be placed on Council property, or on roads (from boundary to boundary).
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 on Tuesday 6 August 2019, at 7.00pm in the Council Chambers. Candidates will be able to hear directly from the Electoral Officer everything they need to know about running for election to the Manawatu District Council.
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.