2022 Local Elections

Election Timetable

From 15 July 2022 Elections advertised and nominations called
15 July - 12 August 2022 Candidate nomination period - closes 12 noon on 12 August 2022
28 July 2022 Manawatu District Council Pre-election report available
02 August 2022 Candidate Briefing Session - 7:00pm Council Chambers
16 September - 8 October 2022 Voting period (including Special Voting). Early processing period.
8 October 2022 Election day. Voting closes at 12 noon.
Progress results announced.
By 13 October 2022 Official result released
From 13 October 2022 Official result advertised
5 December 2022 Register of election expenses and donation expenses published and available for public viewing

Candidate Briefing Session

A candidate information session will be held at Manawatu District Council on Tuesday 02 August 2022. People interested in being a candidate for election in the 2022 Council elections 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 copy of the presentation given at the 2019 election's briefing session can be viewed here (PDF file, 4.1 MB).

Candidate Handbook

A guide for everyone standing for election to Council at the 2022 elections will be available from the link below, and from Council's administration building, from 15 July 2022:

Candidate Information Handbook - link to be inserted

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.

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 find out more about Major Capital Projects planned for the next three years from this report.

Printed copies will be available from the Feilding Library and Council's administration building, from 28 July 2022 onwards.

Candidate Contact Information

Lists of Candidate nominations and candidate contact details will be published here following the close of the candidate nomination period:

Meet the Candidate Events

We will publish a list of the "Meet the Candidate" events that we are aware of here:

We will update this listing whenever we are advised of a new event to add.

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).

Enrolling to Vote

You must be enrolled in order to vote in the 2022 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 (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 will need to contact the Council in the district your property is located in for an enrolment form to complete.

Contact Council 06 323 0000 for more information.

Voting Return Statistics

You will be able to view the voting return statistics on the following link:


The results for the Manawatu District Council elections held on Saturday 8 October 2022 will be published here following the election:


A copy of the candidates' electoral expenses and donation forms can be viewed here from 5 December 2022.