Why voting matters
Ōpōtiki's last Local Government election was held on Saturday 12 October 2019. Local government elections are currently held every three years.
What matters to you? Local government shapes where you live. It's the footpaths you walk on, the roads you drive on, the water your drink, and the parks and libraries you enjoy. It's also about culture, community events, economic development and much more. If it matters to you, vote in Local Elections.
How you can enrol
To vote in local elections, you must be enrolled to vote. In New Zealand, enrolment for all elections is managed by the Electoral Commission.
If you voted in previous local or parliamentary elections, you should still be enrolled. If you have moved recently, you may need to update your details.
To find out if you are enrolled, or to find out how to enrol, visit the Electoral Commission website or call 0800 36 76 56.
How you can vote
If you are enrolled to vote, you will receive voting papers in the mail for Local Elections.
Completed voting papers are then posted back to our Electoral Officer.
Who you can vote for
Ōpōtiki district is made up of three electoral wards. Where you live, determines which ward you get to vote in and how many elected members you get to vote for. The only exception to this is your vote for Mayor.
In Ōpōtiki, elections are held for 1 Mayor (elected at large), 1 Coast Ward Councillor, 2 Waioeka/Waiotahe Ward Councillors, 3 Ōpōtiki Ward Councillors and 4 Coast Community Board Members.
You also get to vote for Bay of Plenty Regional Council Members and Bay of Plenty District Health Board Members.
Do you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another?
You may qualify to vote more than once. Please call our Electoral Officer on 0800 922 822 to discuss enrolling as a ratepayer elector and to make a special vote in the next Local Government Elections.
Results of the 2019 Opotiki District Council Local Elections
Results for the 2016 Opotiki District Council Local Elections
- Candidate return forms for 2016 (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Daily Voting Returns 2016 Opotiki District Council Local Elections (PDF, 197.5KB)
- Declaration of Results of Election 2016 (PDF, 233.6KB)