Voting Returns

The following link shows the daily voting returns. These will be updated daily.

It also shows return comparisons from previous elections back to 2007. 


Elections 2016

Local Government Elections are held every three years.  The next local government elections are 8 October 2016.

The election gives residents and ratepayers an opportunity to vote for who they think will best represent their Community as Mayor, Councillor and/or Community Board member.  Make sure you are enrolled to vote to have your say!

The Local Government Elections are held under the First Past the Post system by postal vote conducted over the voting period. Voters must be 18 years or over and currently enrolled to vote.

Names on the voting documents will be alphabetically.

Key Dates for the 2016 Elections

Friday 15 July

Candidate nominations open and roll opens for public inspection

Friday 12 August

Candidate nominations close (noon) and roll closes

Wednesday 17 August

Public notice of candidate’s names

Friday 16 – Wednesday 21 September

Voting documents delivered

Friday 16 September

Voting opens

Saturday 8 October

Election day – voting closes midday

Saturday 8 October

Preliminary results

Thursday 13 October

Declaration of results

To be Elected

1)    A Mayor elected at large across the District

2)    Election of seven (7) councillors of the Otorohanga District Council as follows:

  • Kawhia-Tihiroa Ward                 two (2) councillors
  • Kio Kio- Korakonui Ward           one (1) councillor
  • Otorohanga Ward                      two (2) councillors
  • Wharepuhunga Ward                one (1) councillor
  • Waipa Ward                               one (1) councillor


3)    Election of  four (4) members of the Otorohanga Community Board as follows:

  • Otorohanga Ward                               four (4) members


4)    Election of four (4) members of the Kawhia Community Board as follows:

  • Kawhia Subdivision      three (3) members
  • Aotea Subdivision        one (1) member


Candidate Booklet

This is available under downloads (Right hand side of this page).

Candidate Information Presentations

A presentation on standing for Council has been held. The presentation covered how the Council is structured, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, the skills required, anticipated time commitments and meeting schedules.  A copy of the presentation is available for download (right hand side of this page)

An overview of the nomination and election processes was also presented.  
The presentations were held as follows:

Otorohanga District Council Boardroom

Wednesday 13 July 2016 at 6 pm

Kawhia Community Hall

Friday 15 July at 6 pm



Documents will be posted to all enrolled electors from 16 September 2016. Voting will close at noon on Saturday 8 October 2016.

Special Voting

Special voting will be available in the Committee Room, Otorohanga District Council office, from Friday 16 September until close of voting at noon on Saturday 8 October 2016.

Voting Paper Returns

Once voting opens information on numbers of votes returned each day will be available.

Am I registered?

Otorohanga District Residents

If you are an Otorohanga District resident and enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the local government elections.

If you are not on the parliamentary electoral roll in the Otorohanga District area, you can enrol or change your contact details at the Electoral Commission website.

Enrol online

Non-resident ratepayers

If you pay rates on a property in a different district/ward/community to where you live, you may be eligible to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll.
A company or society paying land rates also qualify as a ratepayer elector.




The final results of the 2016 Local Elections in our district.
Council's pre-election report for the 2013/14 Election.
Find out about the electoral system in the Otorohanga District.