Voting & 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.

Council

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 cast 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.