2016 Local Authority Elections

Voting Returns

You can see how many voting papers were returned each day from the following link: Daily Voting Paper Returns

List of Candidates

View a list of the names of candidates: Candidates for 2016 Election

View information about the candidates, including contact information: The Candidates

Information for Candidates

Election Timetable

Date   Description
 16 September - 8 October 2016  Voting period (including Special Voting). Early processing period.
 8 October 2016  Election day. Voting closes at 12 noon.
 Preliminary results announced.
 13 - 19 October 2016  Declaration / public notice of results
 9 December 2016  Register of election expenses and donation expenses published

Election Signs

Electioneering signs are permitted in the two month period prior to the election (i.e. from 8 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 can download a copy from the link above, or pick up a printed copy from the Feilding Library or Council's administration building.

Candidate Briefing Session

A candidate information session was held at Manawatu District Council on 28 July 2016, at 7.00pm. A copy of the presentation given at the briefing can be downloaded from here: MDC Candidate Briefing Presentation 2016

Candidate Handbook

A guide for everyone standing for election to Council at the 2016 elections: Candidate Information Handbook 2016

For more information see: LGNZ Candidate Information 2016 elections

Enrolling to Vote

You must be enrolled in order to vote in the 2016 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 8 October 2016.

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.

The ratepayer electoral roll closed on 12 August 2016. However ratepayer electors can still register and vote as a special voter.  Contact Council 06 323 0000 for more information.

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.