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Every three years enrolled voters have the opportunity to say who they want to represent them at the Council table. The people elected to Council make decisions on behalf of the community that they represent. They will set the rates for the Westland District, and decide how the community's money is spent for the economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being of the district.
Voting in the local elections is important if you want to have your say on what matters to you. Council delivers many services to our communities across the Westland District, such as:
The people you vote for will also decide on funding and maintenance of critical infrastructure around the Westland District. Your vote can make a difference.
View information for the 2022 elections in an accessible format.
The elections are held by postal vote. Voting documents will be sent to electors from 16 September 2022 and voting opens.
Votes must be in the Electoral Officer’s hands by 12 noon, Saturday 8 October 2022 to be eligible to be counted.
You can either post your documents back in the pre-paid envelope or drop them into the voting box at the Council Offices in Hokitika. The office will be open on the Saturday morning of 8 October for the return of voting documents and special voting.
If you do not receive your voting pack, you will need to request a special voting document from the Electoral Officer (0800 666 048) or Deputy Electoral Officer ((03) 756 9010 EXT. 778) . You can also get special votes by visiting the Council office in Hokitika.
Every VOTE counts so make sure you return yours.
You can vote if you:
If you are unsure whether you are enrolled or whether your details are correct, you can go to the Electoral Commission website
What positions can I vote for?
Every Westland voter can vote for:
Depending on the Ward you live in, you can vote for:
Ward maps are available here.
You can find the nominations for 2022 candidates on the electionz website.
Find out about enrolling to vote here.
What happens if I am away from Westland during the voting period?
For electors away from Westland District during the voting period voting papers will be mailed out to electors at their normal residential or postal addresses. If you are returning prior to the close of voting, complete your papers and return by no later than 12 noon, on election day.
If an elector is leaving Westland District before voting opens, and not returning until after voting closes, then they can contact the Electoral Officer or Deputy Electoral Officer to arrange for special voting papers to be sent to a temporary address where they will be staying.
When received at the temporary address, the voting papers should be completed and returned immediately in the return envelope provided. If the voting papers are being sent from overseas, the required local postage stamps must be affixed to cover the return airmail postage to New Zealand.
Special votes cannot be issued until the voting period opens.
Special votes are available from the beginning of the voting period for electors:
Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and protects against possible duplicate voting.
Contact the Electoral Officer or Deputy Electoral Officer or visit the Westland District Council Customer Service desk in Hokitika to make a Special Vote, you can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a special vote.
If an elector requests a special vote and is not on the Parliamentary Roll (e.g. they turn 18 years of age after the Electoral Roll closes), the person must enrol by close of business on the Friday prior to the election day on Saturday.