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Local authority elections

2016 banner - Vote: you have the power 

Hamilton By-Election 2017

A by-election for one seat in the Hamilton general constituency is being held in 2017 to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Lois Livingston in November 2016. Find out more here.


Get involved!

One of the most important ways you can take part in the decisions that shape the Waikato region is to get involved in the local authority elections, either by voting for the people who will make those decisions, or by standing for election as a representative on the Waikato Regional Council.  Local authority elections are held on the second Saturday in October every three years, the next being Saturday 8 October 2016 .

The local authority elections are conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.

The local authority elections are undertaken on behalf of Waikato Regional Council by the11 constituent territorial authorities within the Waikato region.

In addition to their own election (Mayor, Council, Community Board), each territorial authority is responsible for compiling and certifying the electoral rolls, issuing the voting papers, and processing and counting Waikato Regional Council votes.

Elections 2016 timetable

15 July 2016 Nominations open
12 August 2016 Nominations close
16-21 September 2016 Voting documents delivered to electors by post
8 October 2016 Election Day (voting closes at 12 noon)


Election videos

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Shayma'a and Tanya
Mike and Timothy



Want to find out more about us?

Pre Election Report provides information about the Waikato region's people, economy and environment, and the regional council's work programme for the 2016-19 council term. It also includes financial statements. This report is prepared to satisfy new requirements put forward by the Government for local authority elections.

Pre-election report 2016 | Rīpoata whiringa pōti tōmua 2016(external link) (7mb)

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