Local government elections are held every three years to determine who will be Southland’s mayor, councillors and community board members.

Voting for this year’s elections will open on Friday 16 September 2022 and close at 12 noon on Saturday 8 October 2022. If you’re enrolled, we will send you voting papers in the mail.


Electoral expenses and donations form 

All candidates who stood in the recent local government elections have to fill out an electoral expenses and donations form.

This is a legal requirement and the form has to be lodged with Council or the electoral officer by Thursday the 8th of December 2022.

All candidates have to submit a form even if no expenses have been incurred or donations received.

This form is also important as if a candidate received at least 25% of the votes of lowest polling successful candidate and has returned the form, their deposit (that they paid with their nomination) will be reimbursed.

Electoral expenses and donations form  [PDF, 183 KB]


Election results

2022 triennial elections – Declaration of results


Daily Returns

Keep up to date with the daily returns for voting here (external link)

Key Dates

  • 15 July - Nominations for standing for Council and community boards opened
  • 12 August - Nominations closed. View the nominations (external link) that have been received for the positions of Mayor, Councillor and Community Board members
  • 16 September - Voting opens – papers will be posted out from this day
  • 8 October - Voting closes at 12 noon 

Pre-Election Report

This report explains the key work that Council has been doing for the past three years and sets out the high-level issues we will be managing in the next three years.

Pre-election report 2022 [PDF, 16 MB] 


What is Southland District Council?

Find out how Council works.

Who can you vote for?

Find out about more about who you can vote for in the local elections.

How to vote

Find out about more about how and when to vote.

Why you should vote?

Make your voice heard by enroling to vote.

How is Council made up?

How are communities represented?

Life as an elected member

Find out what's really involved.