Enrol to vote
How do I enrol?
Voting opens on Friday 20 September 2019 and will close at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2019.
Everyone enrolled to vote by Friday 16 August 2019 will get their voting papers sent to them in the mail.
If you are not enrolled to vote before 16 August there is still time. You can enrol, check and update your enrolment details on the Electoral Commission website
, call 0800 36 76 56 or visit any Post Shop for an enrolment form.
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 required for the following positions:
Mayor (elected at large)
- Coast Ward (1)
- Waioeka/Waiotahe Ward (2)
- Opotiki Ward (3)
Community Board Members (4)
- Coast Community (4)
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
- 16 August – candidate nominations close
- 21 August – candidate details are published
Facts and timetable
Do you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another?
News releases and media
1 - Council prepares for local body elections - 15 March 2019
Don't forget - you need to be enrolled to vote. Jump on to the Electoral Commission website to get sorted.
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