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Elections 2019

Local Government Elections are held every three years, giving Residents and Ratepayers the opportunity to vote for whoever they think will best represent their community as the Hauraki District Mayor and Councillors in their Ward.

The next election will take place, by postal vote, on Saturday 12 October 2019.

Representation review 

Every six years we have to look at how many councillors we have in each of our three wards (Paeroa, Waihi and Hauraki Plains), and across the district overall. This is to make sure we have the right amount of people around the Council table to fairly represent the number of people that live in each of our communities. This review is currently in progress. 

Timetable for the Triennial Election 2019

Friday 19 July 2019 Nominations of candidates open. Rolls open for inspection at council offices.
Friday 16 August 2019 Nominations close at 12 noon. Rolls close.
Wednesday 21 August 2019 (or as soon as practicable) Public notice of the day of election and candidates’ names.
Friday 20 September - Wednesday 25 September 2019  Voting documents delivered to households. Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the orange pre-paid envelope sent with their voting document.
Saturday 12 October 2019 

Polling day. The voting documents must be at the council before the voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results will be available as soon as possible.

Thursday 17 October - Wednesday 23 October 2019 Official results declared.


Elections 2016

To find out more about the local government elections view the following information:

For the Waikato Regional Council elections visit the Waikato Regional Council website. For the Waikato District Health Board visit the Wakato DHB website.

Candidate Information

Nominations are now closed.

Candidate information Booklet [PDF, 2.9 MB] pdf.gif

View the nominations received

View the Candidate profiles

Pre-election Report

PERcover2016The Pre-election Report is intended to give the public an overview of the Council’s position, and allow voters and potential candidates to consider our past, current and future
capital works priorities for the next three years.

It contains information from the last three years (2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16), an overview of the current 2016/17 year, and the Council’s planned projects and expenditure for the next three years (2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20). It will also give you an idea of previous debt and rating levels, and explain what is projected for the next few years.

Download a copy below or call into one of our offices to pick up a hard copy.

First Past the Post

The Local Government Elections are held under the First Past the Post system by postal vote conducted over the voting period. Voters must be 18 years or over and currently enrolled to vote.

To be Elected

  • A Mayor elected at large across the District
  • 4 councillors elected by the electors of the Plains Ward
  • 4 councillors elected by the electors of the Paeroa Ward
  • 4 councillors elected by the electors of the Waihi Ward

Frequently Asked Questions on Elections

What is the role of the Mayor? What is the role of a Councillor? What do I need to do to be a candidate? For these questions answered and everything else you need to know about Local Authority Elections, covering Local Government and District Health Boards, go to Frequently Asked Questions on Elections.

Enrol to Vote

You are eligible to enrol to vote if you:

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

To enrol or check/update your enrolment details go to

Electoral Rolls

All Hauraki District residents enrolled on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll and all non-resident ratepayers enrolled on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll are eligible to vote.

Residential Electoral Roll

Residents of the Hauraki District are enrolled automatically on the District’s Residential Electoral Roll if they are registered as parliamentary electors. Therefore, there is no need to enrol separately for the district elections.

For more information about the Parliamentary Electoral Roll and to check/update your enrolment details go to

Non-Residential Ratepayer Electoral Roll

Ratepayers who are not residents of Hauraki District but pay rates on a property within the District, may be entitled to enrol on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll.

Companies, businesses and societies which are ratepayers, may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided any such elector resides outside of the Hauraki District Council area.

The form to enrol as a ratepayer elector is available below and from any of our Council Offices during the lead up to election time.