Media release: By-election to be held for Oraka Aparima Community Board

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As the result of a recent resignation, an extraordinary vacancy has occurred on the Oraka Aparima Community Board of the Southland District Council.

A by-election is now required to be held on Thursday, 2 September 2021, to replace Julie Guise on the Oraka Aparima Community Board.

The by-election will be conducted by postal vote under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and will be undertaken by Election Services, under contract to Southland District Council.

Nominations for the one vacancy open today, Wednesday 9 June 2021, and close at noon on Wednesday 7 July 2021. If there is more than one candidate an election will be held.

Nomination papers will be available from Council’s office at 15 Forth Street, Invercargill, the Riverton Area Office, 117 Palmerston Street, Riverton, online at or by phoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Full details, including information regarding eligibility for perspective candidates, can be found online at

Voting documents will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Wednesday 11 August 2021. The voting period is three weeks (Wednesday 11 August 2021 to noon Thursday 2 September 2021).

Preliminary results will be known as soon as they are available after the close of voting on by-election day, and final results (including approved special votes) will be available later that afternoon.

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