Local Body Elections

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


  • Mayor (1)
  • Councillor (10)
  • Community Board member (24)

Nominations for all candidate positions will:


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

Voting papers are released from 20 September 2019

Voting closes Noon, Saturday 12 October 2019

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

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

Who can vote:

Anyone 18 years or older who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and has lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in their life.

Who can stand for election:

Anyone 18 years or older who is a New Zealand citizen (proof will be required) and is enrolled on the parliamentary roll.

Local Body Elections 2019

How to enrol

How to enrol

If you love Waimakariri and want to vote on the future of the Waimakariri District, enrol to vote so you can have a say on the people who make decisions on what happens in your community.

If you’re not enrolled to vote, visit the Electoral Commission, call 0800 36 76 56, or free text your name and address to 3076.

Residential Roll

If you are registered to vote in parliamentary elections, you will be automatically enrolled on the local body electoral roll at the address where you live.

Make sure you’re enrolled to vote by Friday 16 August to get your voting papers emailed to you. If you enrol later, you’ll need to cast a special vote in this year’s elections.

Any changes to the residential roll (address details, etc) should be made by:

  • Telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 36 76 56); or
  • Completing the appropriate form at any post shop; or
  • Visiting the Electoral Commission website.

Ratepayer Roll

If you are on the electoral role in one area and pay rates on another property in another area, you may be eligible for enrolment on the non-residential ratepayer roll. This qualifies you to vote more than once in the local elections. A business, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person is on the parliamentary roll outside of the city, ward or community the property is in).

Where multiple people are shown as ratepayers of a property, if all those ratepayers are on the electoral roll outside of the city ward, or community the property is located in, those ratepayers can nominate one of them as a ratepayer elector for the property.

You can download the 2019 Ratepayer Enrolment Form

Voting and Special Voting

Who am I voting for?

Waimakariri District Council has two decision-making parts: the Council and Community Boards.
You will be able to vote for:

  • the mayor and ward councillors
  • Community Board members.

You can find your ward and community board on this map. The term for elected members is three years.


The Council is made up of the mayor and 10 councillors. It makes decisions important to Waimakariri as a whole.
All Waimakariri voters elect the mayor, while councillors are elected by voters from the ward they represent.

Community Boards

Waimakariri has four community boards to represent their individual areas. You can find your ward and community board on this map.

Rangiora-Ashley Community Board representing the Rangiora and Ashley subdivisions.

This board has eight elected board members and four elected Councillors.

Five Board members will come from the Rangiora subdivision and three Board members will come from the Ashley subdivision. Once elected to the Board all members will represent the Rangiora-Ashley Ward.

Oxford-Ohoka Community Board representing the Oxford and Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivisions.

This Board has six elected Board members and two elected Councillors.

Three Board members will come from the Oxford subdivision and three Board members will come from the Ohoka-Swannanoa subdivision. Once elected to the Board all members will represent the Oxford-Ohoka Ward.

Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community Board representing the southern area of the Kaiapoi-Woodened Ward.

This board has five elected Board members and two elected Councillors.

All five Board members will come from Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community and once elected all the Board will represent the Kaiapoi-Tuahiwi Community area.

Woodened-Sefton Community Board representing the northern area of the Kaiapoi-Woodend Ward.

This Board has five elected Board members and two elected Councillors.

All five Board members will come from the Woodened-Sefton Community and once elected all the Board will represent the Woodened-Sefton Community area.

Councillors are also members of the Community Board covering their ward and are appointed to the Community Board by the Council.

Community boards make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities, and help build strong communities.

Special Voting

There are many reasons you would cast a special vote, including:

  • Your name does not appear on the final electoral roll, but you qualify as an elector
  • You have chosen to put your name on the unpublished (confidential) roll
  • You have moved since the electoral roll was compiled (and have lived at your new residential address for one month or more)
  • You spoilt, lost or did not receive your ordinary voting document
  • You will be away from your residential address during the voting period
  • You are eligible to vote for some positions in the electorate as a ratepayer elector (for a property you own but do not live in)

If elections are being held and you need a special vote, contact Sarah Nichols, our Deputy Electoral Officer, on 021 679 063 or visit the Rangiora Service Centre to request a special vote.

Note: Special Voting papers will only be available from 20 September to 12 October 2019.

You will need to sign a statutory declaration when you cats a special vote. This is a legal requirement to protect voters against possible duplicate voting. The statutory declaration will be provided to the person casting the special vote, along with a special voting paper and candidate profile booklet.

Media Information

Coming soon...

Information for (prospective) candidates

Documents and resources for candidates

It’s an exciting time to be part of local government and local elections are a great opportunity to see your community progress from your dedication. A democracy only succeeds if people who care for the community are prepared to give it a go, do their bit and have a say.

We have searched for the best people to shape our cities, towns and regions. Our members need vision and commitment to help them make our communities better places in which to live.

Successful local election candidates are those that take the time to listen to their communities, engage with the people within them and go on to champion their voice as their representative.

Here are some resources to help you plan your campaign:

Nomination forms will not be able to be received and processed by electoral staff prior to Friday 19 July.

Download the PowerPoint  ppt, 7.0 MB shown at the recently held prospective candidate info evening, outlining the nomination process etc.  For further information please contact Sarah Nichols, Deputy Electoral Officer/Governance Manager:   elections@wmk.govt.nz or 021 679 063.

Quick notes for perspective candidates:

  • Photos (colour)  submitted with nomination papers must be less than 6 months old – these go in the voting profile booklet   (what photos you use during campaigning can be of any age)
  • No signage hoardings can be erected before Saturday 10 August.  (Decorated vehicles, adverts and flyers can commence anytime).
  • Remember that ALL election advertising using any media, including social media, posters, adverts, billboards, flyers, vehicle signage, websites, Facebook pages etc MUST have a readable sentence at the bottom saying that it is “Authorised by (your name/agent) xxx Joe Bloggs, (your/agent address) xxx20 Somewhere St, (you/agent town) Sampletown”    No PO Box or Rural delivery number is to be used.
  • Keep a track of ALL of your expenses and keep receipts.  (including the spending you are doing now).

New change to rules this year:

  • When nominations are received this year – NO Cheques will be accepted – its cash, eftpos or direct banking only.  Its still only $200.
  • When nominations are received this year – you MUST provide proof of citizenship as part of the nomination paperwork process – either copy of passport, birth certificate or NZ citizenship documentation.

Related information:

The DHB Candidate booklet is now live on the Ministry of Health website, along with contact details for electoral officers and also Conflict of Interest information.

Nomination Forms

Who is standing for election

During the nomination period (19 July to 16 August), this section will be updated every Tuesday evening with the names and contact details of candidates to enable the public and media to contact candidates directly with any questions.

Coming Soon...

Maps and boundaries

Information from previous elections

Candidate and background information

Candidate handbooks

Representation review determination - Local Government Commission

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.

Media information


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

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


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

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