Enrolling and voting
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 these things matter to you, vote in Local Elections.
Issuing of voting documents
If you're a resident, and you're name appeared on the electoral roll when it closed on Friday 12 August 2022, you can vote. If your details were correct on the roll you'll get a voting pack in the mail when voting opens. Voting documents will be posted to electors from Friday, 16 September 2022. You can check your enrolment details at vote.nz
If you haven't yet enrolled to vote, or your voting pack gets damaged or lost, you will need to cast a special vote.
Special voting in terms of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 may be exercised at our council office at 108 St John Street, Opotiki during normal business hours from 16 September to 12 noon on 8 October 2022. You will have to enrol by Friday 7 October 2022 for your vote to be valid.
View our Special votes page for full information.
Return of voting documents
Voting documents must be returned not later than noon, Saturday, 8 October 2022 to the electoral officer.
Voting documents can be returned by post or hand delivered at the Ōpōtiki District Council office, 108 St John Street, Ōpōtiki between Friday, 16 September 2022 and Friday, 7 October 2022 during normal office hours, and Saturday, 8 October 2022 between 9.00am – noon.
Do you pay rates on a property in Ōpōtiki district but live in another area?
You may qualify to vote in both areas. Read more about becoming a Ratepayer Elector and if you think you may be eligible to enrol or to nominate someone as a ratepayer elector you can complete the Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors PDF.
A person can apply to enrol as either a residential or ratepayer elector right up to and including Friday, 7 October 2022 – the day before the close of voting
Who is being elected?
You can view all the candidates on our Nominated candidates page.
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. Ōpōtiki District Council is using the First Past the Post (FPP) voting system for this election. Under FPP the candidate with the most votes wins. Candidate names will appear alphabetically on voting papers.
Elections in Ōpōtiki will be for the following positions as per our Final Representation Arrangements:
Mayor (elected ‘at large’), Coast Ward Councillor (1), Ōpōtiki Ward Councillors (3), Waioeka-Waiōtahe-Otara Ward Councillors (2) and Coast Community Board members (4).
You also get to vote for Bay of Plenty Regional Council Members.
Māori Wards Poll
In addition to the above elections, a non-binding poll of electors will be held on whether Māori wards should be established for the Ōpōtiki District Council in addition to the current general wards in future council elections.
Members of Māori wards would be elected by people who are enrolled on the Māori Parliamentary Electoral Roll. Electors of Māori wards would not be able to vote for members of general wards. Similarly, people who are enrolled on the General Parliamentary Electoral Roll would vote for members of the general wards, but not for members of Māori wards. All electors would still vote for the mayor and community board members.
After the poll, Council will undertake a detailed review of its representation arrangements including the number of General and Māori wards, the number of councillors and ward boundaries and names. This would go through a full public consultation so that final outcomes can be in place for the 2025 local government elections.
View a copy of the Ōpōtiki District Council Māori Wards Poll Flyer PDF
Read our Maori Wards for Ōpōtiki District? media release
Ōpōtiki District Council's 2022 Pre-Election Report
If you’re thinking of standing for Council, looking for information to inform your vote in 2022, or are just interested in understanding local challenges better, our 2022 Pre-Election Report is for you.
The report highlights the big projects and key challenges for the district and supports our local democratic processes.
Or view on Issuu here: