The next local authority election will be held on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

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Voting is closed now

Voting closed at 12 noon on Saturday 8 October.

The 2016 Wellington City Council elections will be conducted by postal vote.

Voting opens on Friday 16 September and closes at 12 noon on Saturday 8 October 2016.

Your voting papers

If you're enrolled to vote, you will receive your voting papers in the post between Friday 16 September and Wednesday 21 September 2016.

If you haven't received your voting papers by Thursday 22 September, phone the Electoral Officer on 04 499 4444 or email

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How to vote

By post

Post your completed voting paper in the orange freepost envelope not later than Wednesday 5 October 2016.
Find a post box near you

Drop off

Take your orange voting envelope to the one of the following places before 12 noon Saturday 8 October.

Who you can vote for

Electors in Wellington city are eligible to vote for:

  • Wellington City Council - councillors and Mayor
  • Capital and Coast District Health Board
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Depending on where you live, you may also vote for:

  • Hutt Mana Charitable Trust
  • Makara-Ohariu Community Board.

Special voting

Special Voting is available at the Wellington City Council Electoral Office from the 16th of September to 12 noon on the 8th of October. Reasons to make a Special Vote might include:

  • your name does not appear on the final electoral roll at your current address, but you qualify as an elector
  • you did not receive a voting document by Thursday the 22nd of September
  • your voting document previously posted to you has been spoiled (other than errors which can be corrected) or damaged
  • you are on the unpublished electoral roll.

Voting from overseas

If you are overseas during the entire voting period and would like to vote, email the Electoral Officer to arrange a postal special vote to be sent overseas with:

  • your full names and residential address (so we can identify you on the electoral roll)
  • a postal address overseas where you can receive your voting papers

You need to post your votes back to reach the Electoral Officer by 12 noon on 8 October 2016. (You will need to pay the return postage.)

Assisted voting

Special provision has been made for people who need help to vote in the election. Anyone who requires help, such as those who are blind or vision impaired, or who have difficulty in reading and casting their vote due to impairments, can come to the Council’s Election office and get help from trained advisors. If those seeking help are not already registered on the Electoral Roll, help can be provided at the same time. Trained advisers will be available.


Appoint a scrutineer

The general role of the scrutineers is to observe the election and poll procedures and help give the public confidence in, and an understanding of, the local electoral processes. Any candidate wishing to appoint a scrutineer must advise the Electoral Officer in writing, at least 24 hours before the close of voting. 

To appoint a scrutineer, use the following template: Letter of Appointment of Scrutineer (78KB PDF) l Text version (653KB RTF)

Request details of who has voted

Candidates may request details of who has voted to date up until the close of voting, by downloading the scrutiny request form, completing this and returning it to the Electoral Officer: Scrutiny Request Form (36KB PDF) l Text version (3KB RTF)

More information

Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council

Phone 04 499 4444
Postal Address PO Box 2199, Wellington
Street Address 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington