Local Elections

This page provides information about Local Elections for the Council, Community Boards and District Health Board.

Golden Bay Community Board By-Election 2018

Learn more about the Takaka Community Board By-Election 2018.

Motueka Community Board By-Election 2017

Learn more about the Motueka Community Board By-Election 2017.

Elections FAQs

Enrolling to Vote


Return of Electoral Expenses and Donations

Earlier Elections

How do I Know if I'm Enrolled to Vote?

Tasman District Residents

If you’re a Tasman District resident and already enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the local government elections. 

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

Non-resident Ratepayers

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

Non-resident ratepayer enrolment forms are available: 

Learn more about Enrolling to Vote

Electoral Systems

The First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system will be used for Tasman District Council elections and by-elections and the Single Transferable Voting (STV) electoral system will be used for the Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board elections.

In the FPP system, electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate(s). The candidate(s) that receives the most votes is declared the winner, regardless of the proportion of votes that candidate(s) received. Further information about the STV system is available on www.stv.govt.nz

Early Processing of Votes

Returned voting documents are able to be opened and processed (but not counted) during all or part of the voting period prior to the close of voting (sec 80 LEA).

This allows completed voting documents to be “processed” right from the time that they are received back from electors. Processing involves the envelopes being opened, the voting document extracted, the votes for each candidate being recorded electronically, and the voting documents being kept in secure storage when not in the course of being processed. Each voting document is processed twice, the second time by a different operator from the first - the purpose of this is to check the accuracy of the first processing. All early processing is carried out in the presence of a Justice of the Peace, who must certify whether or not the whole process has been carried out in compliance with the relevant Acts and Regulations.

Further Information 

For further information regarding Tasman District Council elections and by-elections, please contact:

  • Sandra Hartley  - Electoral Officer
  • Phone: 03 543 8554
  • Email: sandra.hartley@tasman.govt.nz
  • 189 Queen Street, Richmond, Private Bag 4, Richmond, 7050