Elections

Graphic of paper chan people with the words Vote 2019 and Encouraging informed debate Supporting candidates Promoting VotingOpotiki'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

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live. To enrol, you must be over 18 years old.

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)

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

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

​​​As well as voting for Opotiki district 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
  • 16 August  – candidate nominations close
  • 21 August – candidate details are published​


​Facts and timetable


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.

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

Elections Signs - General Conditions Applicable To All Areas Policy​ (PDF, 90KB)​

Pre-Election Protocol Policy​ (PDF, 83KB)


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 for more.



Results for the 2016 Opotiki District Council Local Elections
Page reviewed: 18 Mar 2019 12:30pm