​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Graphic of paper chain people and the Vote2019 logo and text about the Vote2019 campaign​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! ​​


Nominations have now closed. Below is a final confirmed list of the candidates for the 2019 election.

Mayor (1 Vacancy)

Xiao Yu CHEN - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 36KB)

Alex DOBIE - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 199KB)

Peter IRVING - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 160KB)

Les KEANE - Candidate profile statement(PDF, 34KB)

Haki MCROBERTS - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 170KB)

Louis RĀPIHANA - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 177KB)

​Lyn RIESTERER​ - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 183KB)

Coast Ward Councillor (1 Vacancy)

Haki MCROBERTS - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 170KB)

Louis RĀPIHANA - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 177KB)

Allen WAENGA - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 180KB)

Opotiki Ward Councillor (3 Vacancies)

Paula BLACK - Independent - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 146KB)

Shona BROWNE - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 151KB)

Xiao Yu CHEN - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 36KB)

Alex DOBIE - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 199KB)

Barry HOWE - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 155KB)

Peter IRVING - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 160KB)

Les KEANE - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 34KB)

Laura NEISH - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 171KB)

Steve NELSON - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 175KB)

Waioeka-Waiotahe Ward Councillor (2 Vacancies)

Michael Spike COLLIER - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 182KB)

Ron FINDLAY - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 176KB)

Debi HOCART - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 173KB)

Lew KERR - Independent - Candidate profile statement (PDF, 165KB)

David MOORE - Independent - Candidate profile statement(PDF, ​161KB)

Coast Community Board Member (4 Vacancies)

Michael Spike COLLIER

Gail Maria KEEPA



​​​The existing Coast Community Board members, Michael Collier, Gail Keepa, Tiaki Parata and Allen Waenga are elected unopposed as 2019-22 Coast Community Board Members.

Unopposed candidates have yet to be sworn in.

Notice of Day of Election​ for the Opotiki District Council 2019 elections (PDF, 107KB)


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.

​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. Go to www.vote.nz or call 0800 36 76 56 to get sorted.

Graphic showing Electoral Commission orange guy with text Enrol Check or Update do it online

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 are being held for the following positions:

Mayor (elected at large) (1)

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

As there were the same number of candidates as positions available (4) for the Coast Community Board the candidates are declared duly elected and no vote will take place for this board.

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

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.​​ Please note that if you are enrolling after the 16 August deadline (to get on the printed electoral roll), you will need to make a special vote. Please call our Electoral Officer on 0800 922 822 to discuss enrolling as a ratepayer elector and making your special vote.​

​​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.

Elections policies, protocols, guidelines and guides

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)

The 2019 Pre-Election Report (PDF, 1.77MB) provides information to encourage informed debate ahead of the 2019 Local Government elections.

Vote 2019 Candidate Guide​ (PDF, 779KB)

​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

3 - Get information and support before nominations open - 24 June 2019

4 - Nominations open for 2019 Local Authority Elections​ - 19 July 2019

5 - Final call for candidates - 9 August 2019

6 - Call for candidates for Coast Community Board​ - 14 August 2019

7 - Council contenders put their best feet forward​ - 22 August 2019

​Vote 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.

Information requested by candidates

This enables Council information to be available to all candidates on an equal basis as per our Elections Protocols policy and can be viewed on our Information requested by candidates page​.

​Results for the 2016 Opotiki District Council Local Elections
Page reviewed: 16 Sep 2019 9:04am