Local Body Elections

Waimakariri District elections are held every three years. The next District-wide election will be held on 12 October 2019.

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

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

Frequently asked questions

A list of Frequently Asked Questions is available - this list is regularly updated.

Previous Elections

2017 By-Election (February)

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 2015/16 (p/a) 1 July - 7 October 2016 (p/a) Indicative mid-October 2016
- 30 June 2017 (p/a)
Mayor $114,000 $116,280 $118,600
Deputy Mayor $43,800 $45,114 $46,450
Councillor $39,225 $40,400 $41,600
Rangiora Community Board Chair $15,600 $15,912 n/a
Rangiora Community Board member $7,800 $7,956 n/a
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board Chair n/a n/a $21,414
Rangiora-Ashley Community Board member n/a n/a $10, 707
Kaiapoi Community Board Chair $14,400 $14,688 n/a
Kaiapoi Community Board member $7,200 $7,344 n/a
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board Chair n/a n/a $16,602
Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board member n/a n/a $8,301
Woodend-Ashley Community Board Chair $14,200 $14,484 n/a
Woodend-Ashley Community Board member $7,100 $7,242 n/a
Woodend-Sefton Community Board Chair n/a n/a $13,716
Woodend-Sefton Community Board member n/a n/a $6,858
Oxford-Ohoka Community Board Chair n/a n/a $15,640
Oxford-Ohoka Community Board member n/a n/a $7,820

Members are able to claim reimbursement for travelling allowances and expenses when required to use their own vehicle to travel on official Council business and for attendance at conferences by resolution of Council and when representing Council if in excess of 30km.

Note: The Remuneration Authority is a statutory body which establishes remuneration for local government.

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: 03 311 8900 or 03 327 6834, ext. 8655
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