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Local body elections

The council is elected every three years by eligible voters living within areas that the council represent. There are 12 general seats and two Māori seats on the council. Electors that are on the general roll for national election cast a vote for candidates standing in general seats. Electors that are on the Māori roll vote for candidates standing in the Māori seats.


2019 Local Authority Elections

One of the most important ways you can take part in the decisions that shape the Waikato region is to get involved in the 2019 local authority elections, either by voting for the people who will make those decisions, or by standing for election as a representative on the Waikato Regional Council.

Local body elections take place every three years. The next election will be held in October 2019.

The key dates for the 2019 election are:


Friday 12 July 2019

Pre-election period commences

Friday 19 July

Nominations open

Friday 16 August

Nominations close

Friday 20 September – Wednesday 25 September

Voting documents delivered to electors

Saturday 12 October (noon)

Election day

Thursday 17 October - Wednesday 23 October

Declaration of results


Stand for election

You can stand for election regardless of your qualifications, religion, race, gender, experience or profession. In fact, councils encourage nominations by people from diverse backgrounds to ensure a wide range of views are represented.

To be eligible to stand as a candidate you must:

  • Be enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand; and
  • Be a New Zealand citizen; and
  • Be nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll for the constituency for which you wish to stand.

Without a doubt, community leadership comes with many rewards. It takes considerable time and commitment to represent your community well, so it is important that you have the time available.

Nominations close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019.

More information for those considering standing for election will be added to our website soon. Watch this space.


Read here how the region will be represented.


How you can vote

You need to be enrolled on either the resident or ratepayer electoral roll for the Waikato Region to be entitled to vote.

All parliamentary electors are automatically enrolled on the local authority residential electoral roll for the address where they live. If you wish to enrol or update your details, you can:

  • Enrol online here(external link),
  • Visit any Post Shop,
  • Free phone 0800 36 76 56; or
  • +64 9 909 4182 if calling from overseas (international calling rates may apply).


If you are on the parliamentary roll in one area and pay rates on a property in another area, you may be entitled to enrol to vote on the non-resident ratepayer roll.

You can register as a non-resident ratepayer elector with the relevant local authority.

Voting documents, including a reply paid envelope will be sent to all eligible voters by post during the period 20 to 25 September 2019.  Votes need to be returned by 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2019.


Read here about the Electoral System.


Key contacts

Please contact us if you have any questions about the 2019 election process.

Electoral Officer
Mali Ahipene
07 850 0507

Deputy Electoral Officer
Jennie Cox
07 859 0897


For more information on local body elections please click here(external link)


2016 Election results

Declaration of official results - here [PDF, 103 KB]
Candidate election expenses returns -  Table here [PDF, 60 KB], Forms here [PDF, 2 MB]


2017 By-election results

Declaration of official results - here [PDF, 92 KB]
Candidate election expenses returns - Table here [PDF, 38 KB], Forms here [PDF, 5.2 MB]

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