2024 Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward by-election

A by-election to fill one vacancy in the Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward will be held on 17 February 2024.

The vacancy is a result of Tamatha Paul resigning. Electors in the Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward are eligible to vote in the by-election.

Suburbs in the Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward include:

  • Thorndon
  • Pipitea
  • Wellington Central
  • Te Aro
  • Oriental Bay
  • Kelburn
  • Highbury
  • Aro Valley
  • Mount Cook
  • Mount Victoria 

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Key dates

Nominations open: 24 November 2023
Nominations close: noon, 22 December 2023

Voting opens: 26 January 2024
Voting closes: noon, 17 February 2024

How to stand in the by-election

Candidate nominations for the position are now open. Nominations must be made on the official nomination form, and completed nomination documents must be received by the Electoral Officer no later than noon on 22 December 2023.

Please email your completed form and supporting documents to election@wcc.govt.nz, or submit in person at Wellington City Council offices, Level 16, 113 The Terrace, Wellington. 


Nomination forms and candidate information are available here:  

You can pick up a hard copy of these documents at:  

  • Wellington City Council offices, Level 16, 113 The Terrace, Wellington

Each nomination must be accompanied by a deposit of $200 incl. GST, payable by online banking or cash. The funds must be paid at the same time your nomination is lodged. If you receive more than 25% of the votes of the lowest polling successful candidate in your election, then you will get this deposit back.

When you lodge your nomination, you are encouraged to submit a recent photo and 150-word candidate profile statement that will be sent out with voting papers. The requirements for the profile statement and the photograph are set out in the candidate handbook.

Are you eligible to stand?

You can stand for Council if you are a New Zealand citizen, aged over 18, and enrolled to vote.

To stand in this by-election, you’ll need to be nominated by two people whose names appear on the electoral roll within the Pukehīnau/Lambton General Ward area. You don’t need to live in the area that you are standing for.

Party affiliations

To be affiliated with a specific party, you will require authorisation to adopt the affiliation from the party concerned. Affiliation with a political party is not required to stand.

Conflicts of interest

  • To stand, you cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the Council. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General.
  • If you work at Wellington City Council and are considering standing for election, you might be required to take leave of absence.
  • If you work at Wellington City Council and are elected, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member.

Electoral rolls

A preliminary electoral roll for the by-election can be inspected at following locations from Friday 24 November 2023 to Friday 22 December 2023:  

  • Wellington City Council offices, Level 16, 113 The Terrace, Wellington  
  • Te Awe Library, 29B Brandon Street, Wellington 
  • Arapaki Manners Library, 12 Manners Street, Wellington 

Updates to the preliminary electoral roll close at 4pm on Friday 22 December 2023.  

Electors can enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by contacting the Electoral Commission:  

  • Online at vote.nz  
  • By texting your name and address to 3676 to get a form sent to you  
  • By calling 0800 36 76 56 to ask for a form to be sent to you  
  • By email request to enquiries@elections.govt.nz  

Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non-resident ratepayer elector enrolment form before 4pm on Friday 22 December 2023.  

Enrolment form for ratepayer electors (To come)  

Or you can pick up a hard copy of this from:  

  • Wellington City Council offices, Level 16, 113 The Terrace, Wellington  


Some rules and restrictions apply when campaigning.

Election signs

For information about election signs on public and private property, see our Election signage page.


If you want to report the behaviour of another candidate, please email election@wcc.govt.nz or phone 04 499 4444.

Contact details  

The Electoral Officer for this by-election is Warwick Lampp. The Electoral Officer can be contacted by phone on 0800 666 935 or email at iro@electionz.com.  

The Deputy Electoral Officer for this by-election is Jennifer Parker. Jennifer is the Democracy Services Manager for Wellington City Council and can be contacted via the details below:

Deputy Electoral Officer
Phone: 04 499 4444
Email: election@wcc.govt.nz