This page answers general questions about the Local Elections 2016.

When is the Next Tasman District Council Election?

Election day is Saturday 8 October 2016 and voting closes at midday on that day. The voting period starts on Friday 16 September 2016.

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What Issues/Elections can we Vote for?

Electors will be able to vote for the Mayor, Councillors in their Ward (four Councillors for Richmond Ward, three for Motueka Ward, three for Moutere-Waimea Ward, two in Golden Bay Ward and one in Lakes-Murchison Ward), and Community Board members (if there is a community board within the Ward).  Residential electors will also be able to vote for seven Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board members.

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What is the Role of a Mayor/Councillor/Community Board Member?

The Mayor

  • Presides at Council meetings;
  • Attends and participates at meetings of committees and working parties;
  • Reads agenda and other material before meetings;
  • Leads the Council and co-ordinates Council political activity;
  • Speaks on behalf of the Council;
  • Represents the Council on related organisations, where appointed;
  • Attends and participates at conferences and seminars;
  • Leads the appointment process and performance review of the Chief Executive;
  • Attends to complaints and enquiries from members of the public;
  • Presides at civic ceremonies;
  • Hosts visiting groups, including overseas delegations;
  • Attends and speaks at local functions, sometimes opening them;
  • Declares a state of civil defence emergency in the district if the need arises.

Mayor and Councillor:

  • Attends and participates at meetings Council, committees and workshops;
  • Participates in strategic and long-term planning for the whole District;
  • Develops policy across a wide range of activities and services;
  • Represents the District at functions as required;
  • Reviews and develops bylaws for the District;
  • Advocates on a wide range of issues;
  • Co-ordinates and forms partnerships with other spheres of government and other agencies;
  • Participates in the appointment and performance review of the Chief Executive Officer;
  • Acts on all these matters within a legislative and regulatory framework, and setting a budget and rates;
  • Monitors the performance of the Council organisation.

Community Board member:

  • Attends and participates at Community Board meetings;
  • Promotes residents’ issues and initiatives to the Board and the District Council;
  • Monitors the provision of Council services and advocates changes as necessary;
  • Engages in community development activities in conjunction with council officers;
  • Takes a proactive stance anticipating strategies and policies that may be needed;
  • Represents the community to other agencies;
  • Promotes the role of the community board in the wider community;
  • Works co-operatively with the Council.

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Where are the Wards Located in the District?

There are five wards in the Tasman District.

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