If you are located in the Aramoana / Ruahine Ward you will not receive voting papers in the mail. This ward has been re-elected unopposed. If you are located in the Ruataniwha Ward you can expect voting papers in the mail from Friday 16 September. Click here for a map of the Ruataniwha Ward.
Drop your voting papers into the orange ballot bins that will be located at the Council Building, Waipawa Library, Waipawa Four Square, Te Huinga Wai - The Knowledge & Learning Hub and New World in Waipukurau.
Or post your voting paper in a NZ Post box before Tuesday 4 October to reach the electoral officer before close of voting at 12pm on 8 October 2022.
Check or update your postal address to make sure you receive your voting papers.
Democracy is at its best when voices of the people are heard.
There's no level of government in Aotearoa / New Zealand that is more directly involved in the day-to-day happenings within your local community, than your council.
The mayor, councillors and local board members make decisions that have impact on many aspects of your life and your local community.
Voting in the local elections is important if you want to have your say on what matters to you. We deliver many services to our communities across the District, such as:
You can vote in the local elections if you’re on the electoral roll and live in Central Hawke’s Bay or own property here.
Local authority elections are held every three years. Voting opens in this local body election on 16 September 2022 and closes at 12 noon on 8 October.
You can vote if you are enrolled as a voter with the Electoral Commission.
Voting papers for the local elections will be sent by mail to all eligible voters (on the electoral roll) from Friday, 16 September 2022.
Voting will start on Friday, 16 September 2022 and close at 12noon on Saturday, 8 October 2022.
If you are returning your voting paper by mail, you must post your voting paper in a NZ Post box before Tuesday, 4 October to reach the electoral officer before close of voting on 8 October 2022.
If you do not receive a voting paper in the mail, or spoil your voting paper, contact the electoral officer and ask about doing a special vote.
Special Votes can be made in the voting period under particular circumstances. Grounds for Special Votes include:
Special voting will be available at the Central Hawke's Bay District Council Building 28-32 Ruataniwha Street Waipawa, during the voting period 16 September to 12pm on Saturday 8 October.
You will be able to either pick up your special voting pack from us, or we can post it out to you. However, the completed voting papers and statutory declaration must be received by the Electoral Officer in the envelopes supplied before the close of voting.
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