Elections

​​​​​​Graphic of paper chain people, Vote 2019 logo with text Encouraging informed debate, Supporting Candidates, Promoting voting​Opotiki's next Local Government election will be held on Saturday 12 October 2019. This is your chance to choose the people who will lead Opotiki for the next three years! ​


Enrol to vote

Voting opens on Friday 20 September 2019 and will close at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2019.

  • Anyone who is on the electoral roll can vote in the local elections. 
  • If you need to do a new enrolment, update or check your details go online to www.vote.nz​ or call 0800 36 76 56 to ask for a form to be sent to you, or pick up an enrolment form from any Post Shop.

​Everyone enrolled to vote by Friday 16 August 2019 will get their voting papers sent to them in the mail. If you enrol after this date, you will need to ask us for special voting papers.

Don't forget - you need to be enrolled to vote. Jump on to www.vote.nz to get sorted.

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​Who you can vote for

Opotiki 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 Opotiki, elections will be for the following positions:

Mayor (elected at large)

Councillors (6)
 - Coast Ward (1)
 - Waioeka/Waiotahe Ward (2)
 - Opotiki Ward (3)

Community Board Members (4)
 - Coast Community (4)

​​​As well as voting for the Mayor, Councillors and Community Board members, you also vote for:​

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Members (either 2 members from the Eastern Bay of Plenty General Constituency, or 1 member from the Kohi Constituency) 

Bay of Plenty District Health Board Members (7 members elected ‘at large’).

Do you want to stand for Council or the Coast Community Board?

Here are the key dates for 2019 you need to know:
  • 19 July – nominations open (nomination papers will be on our website from this time)
  • 16 August  – candidate nominations close at 12 noon
  • 21 August – candidate details are published​

​The Opotiki District Council 2019 Candidate Information Handbook (PDF, 3.20MB) provides information which may be of interest to you as a candidate in the 2019 local government elections.​


​Facts, timetable and FAQs


Read our Triennial Election Factsheet​ (PDF, 775KB) for details of nominations, electoral roll and systems and voting period.

Check out the Election Timetable (PDF, 495KB)​ so you don't miss a moment of the action.

Need to know more? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions​ guide or call council and ask to speak with an electoral official.

Do you live ​in one area and pay rates on a property in another?

See this Vote 2019 flyer (PDF, 472KB) as you may qualify to vote more than once. If you do you can use the Ratepayer Enrolment form 2019​ (PDF, 145KB) to register as a ratepayer elector.

Elections policies, protocols and guidelines

Elections Signs - General Conditions Applicable To All Areas Policy​ (PDF, 90KB)​
Pre-Election Protocol Policy​ (PDF, 83KB)
Social Media Guidelines for Candidates​ (PDF, 67KB)
Opotiki District Council 2019 Candidate Information Handbook (PDF, 3.20MB)

​News releases and media

1 - Council prepares for local body elections​ - 15 March 2019

2 - Wherever you pay rates it pays to vote​ - 22 May 2019


Council supports the LGNZ Vote2019 campaign. It's about encouraging informed debate, supporting candidates as they stand, and promoting voting in the October elections. Check out www.vote2019.co.nz for more.
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Results for the 2016 Opotiki District Council Local Elections
Page reviewed: 22 May 2019 11:22am