Council elections are held every three years, on the second Saturday in October. The next Council election will be held on 8 October 2022.

Enrolling to Vote

You must be enrolled on either the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll in order to vote in Council elections.

Information on enrolling to vote in Council 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 2022.

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

Ratepayer Elector Enrolment Form | Online Editable (PDF file, 161.5 KB)

Ratepayer Elector Enrolment Form | Printable (PDF file, 155.7 KB)

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

Contact Council 06 323 0000 for more information.

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.

For the next election, the report will be available from 28 July 2022 onwards.

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.

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 the Candidate Information Handbook (when published).

Please note electioneering signs cannot be placed on Council-owned property, or on roads (from boundary to boundary).