The next local government election is being held this year - in October.
This is an opportunity to stand for Southland District Council or one of its community boards. As a councillor or board member, you can help shape our District into a better Southland and make a difference in our communities.
You can stand for Southland District or one of the community boards if you are a New Zealand citizen, aged over 18 and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll. Help us shape the future of our district by standing as a candidate. Nominations will open from 19 July 2019.
In order to vote in the elections, you must first be enrolled. If you have moved since October 2016 make sure you are enrolled at your new address. You can do this by visiting the electoral commission on www.elections.org.nz (external link) or ring 0800 36 76 56.
If you live outside Southland District and pay rates on a property in the District, you may qualify as a non-resident ratepayer elector and vote in the District as well as the council area you reside in. You can apply to go on the ratepayer roll by completing the enrolment form for ratepayer electors [PDF, 149 KB].
Dates you need to know
|2 March to 30 April||Ratepayer enrolment|
|19 July||Nominations open for Council and community boards (forms will be available from 19 July)|
|16 August||Nominations close at 12 noon|
|21 August||Public notice of election day and candidates’ names|
|20 to 25 September||Delivery of voting papers|
|20 September to 12 October||Postal voting, special votes accepted|
|12 October||Close of voting at 12 noon, progress and preliminary results available as soon as possible|
|17 to 23 October||Public notice of results|
If you have any queries regarding this year's election you get in touch using the contact details below.
Independent Election Services Ltd,
PO Box 5135,
Phone - 0800 922 822
Email - email@example.com
Website - www.electionservices.co.nz (external link)
Deputy electoral officer:
Governance and Democracy Manager,
Southland District Council,
15 Forth Street,
PO Box 903,
Phone - 0800 732 732 or 03 211 2502 extn. 3254
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org