Local elections

Stand as a candidate, how and when to vote, and results for past local elections

Local elections are held every three years by postal vote.

Residents and other ratepayers in Otago have the chance to vote for 12 Councillors elected from four constituencies based on area using the First Past the Post (FPP) system.

These constituencies are Dunedin (six Councillors), Dunstan (three Councillors), Molyneux (two Councillors) and Moeraki (one Councillor).

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Next election

The next election will be held 8 October 2022.

Are you thinking of standing as a candidate?

Vote 2022 - Stand for local govt banner

The 2022 Otago Regional Council Candidate Handbook and 2022 Candidate Nomination Forms are now available. Printed copies will be available at all Candidate Briefing sessions (see below table) as well as at the ORC Customer Service counter (Lvl 2, Philip Laing House, 144 Rattray St, Dunedin) and the DCC Customer Service centre (50 The Octagon, Dunedin).

2022 Otago Regional Council Candidate Handbook

2022 Nomination Form (Nomination forms may be filed from 15 July)

Schedule of Candidate Briefing Sessions

Date Jointly conducted with Location and time
5 July 2022 Dunedin City Council Fairfield Bowling Club, 84 Main Rd, Fairfield at 5:30pm
13 July 2022 Central Otago District Council Monteith's, Alexandra, from 5pm
18 July 2022 Queenstown Lakes District Counicl QLDC Council Chamber, 10 Gorge Rd, Queenstown, 6pm
18 July 2022 Waitaki District Council Opera House, Oamaru, 5:30pm
27 July 2022 Dunedin City Council Toitū Settlers Museum, Dunedin, 6pm

 

A message from ORC Interim CE Dr Pim Borren

ORC Interim CE Dr Pim Borren
ORC Interim CE Dr Pim Borren.

If you believe in improving the environment through the quality of natural assets such as our beautiful region’s rivers and lakes, protection of threatened species, even better public transport and working with the community to achieve these goals, then you might be just the person voters are looking for.

This is a challenging time for local government. We are dealing with a number of threats to our natural and urban environments, such as climate change, as well as significant central government reform. Effective representation is a vital part of New Zealand’s democracy and while not always the easiest job in the world, being an elected member of local government can be a rewarding one.

Thinking about standing but not sure how to go about it? We have some good advice. People might be reluctant to put their hand up because they think the process is too complicated, but our staff are here to help.
 
You don't need any special qualifications to be a candidate. Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life and diversity in the mix is ideal.

To be effective you will need to bring a broad range of skills to the role including decision-making and strategic thinking, communication skills and the desire to engage with your community as part of your role, plus relationship-building and collaboration skills.

Healthy debate helps provide the direction our Council needs to continue improving its service to ratepayers. Attending a current Council meeting or watching online will give potential candidates a feel for how meetings operate.

Thinking about standing but not sure how to go about it? We have some good advice. People might be reluctant to put their hand up because they think the process is too complicated, but our staff are here to help.

 

Important dates for the 2022 elections

Friday 15 July 2022 - Nominations open

Friday 12 August 2022 - Nominations close at 12 noon

Friday 16 September - Voting and special voting begins

Saturday 8 October - Election day. Voting closes at noon. Progress results should be available late in the afternoon.

 

Ratepayer enrolment

If you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector you will automatically be placed on your district or city council’s electoral roll as a residential elector.

Enrol or update your information on the parliamentary electoral roll

If you live outside of the Otago region but pay rates for a property within the electoral boundaries, you may qualify to vote as a non-resident ratepayer elector. 

Contact the local authority where your property is located for the correct non-resident ratepayer elector form.

 

2019 Elections

View the 2019 Elections results  

View the Otago Regional Council 2019 Pre-election report

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