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. 

Electoral officer:

Dale Ofsoske, 
Independent Election Services Ltd,
PO Box 5135, 
Wellesley Street, 
Auckland 1141
Phone - 0800 922 822
Email - dale.ofsoske@electionservices.co.nz
Website - www.electionservices.co.nz (external link)

Deputy electoral officer:

Clare Sullivan,
Governance and Democracy Manager,
Southland District Council,
15 Forth Street,
PO Box 903,
Invercargill 9840
Phone - 0800 732 732 or 03 211 2502 extn. 3254
Email - elections@southlanddc.govt.nz