Vote for the City You Love

15 September 2010

Voting starts soon for the Wellington City Council, Tawa Community Board, Greater Wellington Regional Council, and Capital & Coast District Health Board elections.

Anyone registered to vote will soon get their papers in the mail for the local body elections - the papers are being sent out this Friday.

The Council's Electoral Officer, Ross Bly, says there's no time like the present to get your vote in.

"Rather than put it on your 'to do' list, do your research now, if you haven't already, and then fill out the voting paper as soon as you get it and send it back to us.

"It's especially important to vote now if you're thinking about heading away for the school holidays. Because the school holidays finish up after the final voting day, if you don't post your vote before you head off, your vote won't be received in time to be counted."

If a person doesn't receive a voting paper by Thursday 23 September, they will need to apply to the Electoral Officer for a special vote. A special vote can also be applied for by people whose names have been added to the electoral roll after the roll closed on 20 August, or whose voting papers are too damaged or spoiled to use. People can apply for a special vote by either calling into the Council Service Centre at 101 Wakefield Street or phoning Ross on (04) 499 4444.

A total of 96 candidates are standing for positions on the Wellington City Council, the Tawa Community Board, the Greater Wellington Regional Council and the Capital and Coast District Health Board elections with six candidates contesting the capital's mayoralty. No election is required for the Makara/Ohariu Community Board. Six nominations were received for the six available positions and those candidates will be elected unopposed.

There are many ways to find out about your local candidates. Candidate profiles will be available on Friday 17 September 2010 in the Candidates section of this website and the Local Elections 2010 website (where you can also check out discussion boards about the elections).

Ross says there are still lots of candidates meetings being held around the city.

"These meetings have been organised by various community groups and residents associations and provide an excellent opportunity for you to hear from your local electoral hopefuls," he says.

Full details of the meetings are available in the Meet the Candidates section of this website.