Elections for all local authorities in New Zealand are held on the second Saturday in October every 3 years. The next local authority election will be held on Saturday, 8 October 2016.

Wellington City Council uses the postal voting method. Voting forms are posted to electors along with a freepost envelope to return their vote to the Council's Electoral Officer.

The elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.

The local authority elections are your chance to have a say in decisions the Council makes that affect electors. For more information on how this works, see: Local Elections - Elections NZ

What you can vote for

As well as voting for Wellington City Council, electors in Wellington city are also eligible to vote for:

  • 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
  • Tawa Community Board. 

Voting methods

Wellington City Council, along with all other local authorities in New Zealand, has used the postal voting method to elect its members since 1989 in preference to booth voting.

Postal voting

If you are enrolled to vote, you will receive a voting document in the post along with a freepost return envelope. Use the envelope to return your voting document to the Council Electoral Officer.

Voting documents are sent out to all eligible voters 3 weeks before election day.

You need to complete and return your papers to the Electoral Officer by no later than 12 noon on polling day, 8 October 2016 (the day on which the voting period for an election or poll ends).

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.)

Special voting

You can apply for a special vote during the 3-week voting period if one of these situations apply:

  • 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
  • your voting document previously posted to you has been spoiled (other than errors which can be corrected) or damaged
  • your name appears on the unpublished electoral roll.

Assisted special 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.


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. The following handbook explains how scrutineers are appointed and their role:

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 (RTF 3KB)

More information

Deputy Electoral Officer, Wellington City Council

Phone 04 803 8706
Fax 04 801 3020
Postal Address PO Box 2199, Wellington
Street Address 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington