Local Body Elections

Local Body Election

The next Local Body Election across the Waimakariri District will be held Saturday 12 October 2019.

Nominations for all candidate positions will:

  • Open - Friday 19 July 2019
  • Close - Noon, Friday 16 August 2019

Voting papers released from 20 September 2019

Voting closes Noon, Saturday 12 October 2019

Further candidate information will be posted on this site during 2019.

A candidate information session for perspective candidates will occur in early July with more date information to come.

Any public 'meet the candidate' sessions are not run by the Council. These may occur through interested organisations or clubs through September.

Enrolment for local body elections

You can enrol if:

  • you are 18 years or older, and
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and
  • have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life.

You do not need to enrol if you are already on the electoral roll for parliamentary elections. However, you will need to update your address on the roll if you have changed your address since the last elections.

To enrol, obtain an enrolment form or update details either by:

  • calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 367656)
  • visiting any Post Shop
  • visiting the elections website and enrol or update your details on the Elections website.

Ratepayer enrolment entitlements

Enrolments for ratepayer electors can be made by or on behalf of:

  • Parliamentary electors, who are ratepayers within the region, district, or community, but whose addresses as parliamentary electors are outside that region, district or community;
  • Legal entities such as companies, banks or bodies corporate who are ratepayers in the region, district or community;
  • Persons such as joint tenants and tenants in common who are ratepayers in the region, district or community.
  • Elected positions

Enrolment form

Pre-election report 2016

The purpose of a pre-election report (pdf, 552.8 KB) is to provide information to promote public discussion about the issues facing the Waimakariri District Council. The pre-election report brings together information previously published in Council's Ten Year Plans, Annual Plans, Annual Reports and associated summaries.

The electoral system used is First Past the Post (FPP).

Elections are also held at this time for the Canterbury District Health Board and Environment Canterbury.

Maps and boundaries

Previous Elections

2017 By-Election (December) - Rangiora/Ashley

Rangiora-Ashley Ward By-Election

Due to the passing of Councillor Peter Allen, a vacancy has resulted for Councillor of Rangiora-Ashley Ward.

Preliminary Result

Updated 12 December 2017

BARNETT, Kirstyn Independent - 1,343
MCMILLAN, Catherine - 1,201
EDGE, Grant - 994
STEWART, Linda Independent - 726

The voter return is currently 29.08%, being 5,181 votes, excluding special votes.
There are 14 special votes to be processed.

Key Dates:

  • Public notification of by-election: Monday 18 September 2017
  • Nominations open: Monday 18 September 2017
  • Nominations close: Monday 16 October, strictly at 12 noon
  • Voting papers despatched (voting opens): 20-25 November
  • Voting closes: Tuesday 12 December, strictly at 12 noon
  • Announcement of preliminary results: Tuesday 12 December (anticipated late afternoon)

How Many Vote Papers Have Been Returned To Date

Note: The votes have been electronically scanned and counted, but the outcome of how many votes for each Candidate is not known until after voting closes on Tuesday 12 December at 12 noon.


  • BARNETT Kirstyn (Independent)
  • EDGE Grant
  • MCMILLAN Catherine
  • STEWART Linda (Independent)

View/Download the 2017 By-Election Candidate Profile (pdf, 465.1 KB)

Further Notice of Election for the 2017 Rangiora-Ashley Ward By-Election (pdf, 32.1 KB)

Public Notice (pdf, 272.9 KB)

2017 By-Election (February) - Woodend/Sefton

About the 2017 By-Election

This by-election is for the extraordinary vacancy for one Wooden-Sefton Community Board member. The extraordinary vacancy has arisen from the resignation of Karen Eastwood.

Related Resources:

2016 Election (October)

Declaration of result October 2016

The declaration of result for the Waimakariri District Council elections held on Saturday 8 October 2016 - Declaration of results (pdf, 72.3 KB)

Electoral expenses and donations 2016

Return of Electoral Donations and Expenses 2016 pdf, 7.1 MB

Received nominations

Candidate profile information

Read what candidates standing for elected positions on the Waimakariri District Council, Environment Canterbury and Canterbury District Health Board have written about themselves and their policies.

Three candidates for three positions on the Ohoka-Swannanoa Subdivision, therefore automatically elected to the Oxford-Ohoka Community Board

Daily Election Paper Returns - per ward

Daily returns per ward

Candidate information session

The candidate information session was held on 19 July 2016 -  view the presentation (pdf, 945.6 KB) .

2014 By-Election (April)

By-election April 2014 - Woodend-Ashley Community Board

Voting in the Woodend-Ashley Community Board by-election opened on Monday 7 April and closed at 12 noon on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

2013 Election (October)

Final results October 2013

Electoral expenses and donations October 2013


Ward area Est. resident population
(30 June 2015 Statistics NZ)
(Residential roll May 2016)
House population
Waimakariri 56,350 39,467 24,363
Rangiora subdivision 17,200 12,115 7,731
Ashley subdivision 6,700 4,683 2,923
Total Rangiora-Ashley ward 23,900 16,798 10,654
Oxford subdivision 5,800 4,026 3,216
Oxford-Swannanoa subdivision 5,850 4,057 2,318
Total Oxford-Ohoka ward 11,650 8,083 5,534
Woodend-Sefton community 7,200 4,895 4,022
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi community 13,600 9,691 4,153
Total Kaiapoi-Woodend ward 23,800 14,586 8,175

Elected members remuneration

Remuneration for members of the Waimakariri District Council has been set in line with the determinations and remuneration structures by the Remuneration Authority. The remuneration rates are as follows:

Position October 2016 -
30 June 2017
1 July 2017 -
30 June 2018
1 July 2018 -
30 June 2019
Mayor $116,280 $118,257 $123,068
Deputy Mayor $45,114 $45,881 $46,913
Councillors (9) $40,400 $41,087 $42,011
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board Chair $21,414 $21,778 $22,105
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board Member $10,707 $10,889 $11,052
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board Chair $16,602 $16,884 $17,137
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board Member $7,820 $8,442 $8,569
Oxford-Ohoka Community Board Chair $15,640 $15,906 $16,145
Oxford-Ohoka Community Board Member $7,820 $7,953 $8,072
Woodend-Sefton Community Board Chair $13,716 $13,949 $14,158
Woodend-Sefton Community Board Member $6,858 $6,975 $7,080

The Remuneration Authority sets elected members’ salaries.  
Members can claim a travel allowance for attendance at official meetings.  Salaries, travel allowances and expense reimbursements are paid fortnightly. All salaries are taxable.

Standing for Council or a community board

If you want to stand as a candidate for election to the Council or one of the community boards, you must be enrolled as a parliamentary elector in New Zealand and be a New Zealand citizen.

Councillors (10) Rangiora-Ashley Ward 4
  Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward 4
  Oxford-Ohoka Ward 2
Community Board (24) Rangiora subdivision 5
  Ashley subdivision 3
  Oxford subdivision 3
  Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision 3
  Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi 5
  Woodend-Sefton 5

Candidate handbooks

Representation review determination - Local Government Commission

Media information


Any questions can be directed to:

Sarah Nichols
Governance Manager and Deputy Electoral Officer
Waimakariri District Council
Phone: 0800 965 468 or 021 679 063
Email: elections@wmk.govt.nz


Waimakariri District Council Electoral Officer
Anthony Morton
electionz.com Ltd
P O Box 3138
Christchurch 8140
Phone: 0800 666 941
Fax: 03 377 1474
Email: waimakariridc@electionz.com