Golden Bay Community Board By-Election 2018

This page contains details of the Golden Bay Community Board By-Election 2018.

Final Result

The final result for the Golden Bay Ward by-election held on Saturday 17 February 2018 is as follows:

Golden Bay Ward By-election 2018 (1 vacancy)

Votes Received

Barker, Rod  218
Grant, Averill  765
Rhodes, Deborah  320
Shaw, Dylan  267

I therefore declare Averill GRANT duly elected.

Sandra Hartley, Electoral Officer - Tasman District Council.

Voter Return

The voter return was 38.34%, being 1,577 votes.

Nominations Received

Listed below are the confirmed candidates for the by-election. 

  • Barker, Rod
  • Grant, Averill
  • Rhodes, Deborah
  • Shaw, Dylan

Download: Golden Bay Community Board Candidate Profiles

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Voting System

The Golden Bay Community Board By-election will be held by postal vote and conducted using the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system. The FPP electoral system consists of the following:

  • Electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate with a tick
  • Voters must not tick more than one candidate
  • The candidate that receives the most votes is declared the winner, regardless of the proportion of votes that candidate obtained

Residential/Ratepayer Rolls

The final residential/ratepayer roll is available for inspection at Council offices and libraries in Richmond and Takaka from Tuesday 23 January 2018.

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

Golden Bay Ward Residents

If you’re a resident of the Golden Bay Ward and already enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the by-election. 

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

Non-resident Ratepayers

If you pay rates on a property in the Golden Bay Ward but live outside this Ward, you may be eligible to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll. A company or society paying rates on a property in the Golden Bay Ward may also qualify as a ratepayer elector.

Non-resident ratepayer enrolment forms are available: 

Learn more about Enrolling to Vote  

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By-election Timetable

The key dates for the by-election are set out below.

Election Day is Saturday 17 February 2018.

Date Event
Friday 24 November 2017

Public Notice of By-election

Nominations open

Preliminary roll open for inspection

Friday 22 December 2017

Nominations close (noon)

Preliminary electoral roll closes 

Wednesday 27 December 2017 Public notice of Day of By-election 


(If more than one nomination is received) 

Friday 26 January 2018

Delivery of voting documents commences

Progressive roll scrutiny

Early processing period starts

Special voting period starts 

Friday 16 February 2018

Last day to appoint scrutineers (noon) 

Last day to enrol on Parliamentary Roll

Saturday 17 February 2018

Election Day

Voting closes at noon - counting commences

Progress results available as soon as practicable 

by Thursday 22 February 2018  Official declaration
by Thursday 22 February 2018  Public notice of Declaration of Results
by Tuesday 18 April 2018  Return of electoral expense forms

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Voting documents for the 2018 by-election will be posted out to all electors enrolled in the Golden Bay Ward between 26 and 31 January 2018.

Voting closes at noon on Saturday 17 February 2018.

Only those residents and ratepayers who are registered electors in the Golden Bay Ward will receive voting papers and be entitled to vote.

If you have not received your voting papers by Thursday 1 February 2018 and you are enrolled to vote, please contact Council to arrange a special vote.

Enrolments and special voting will be available at both Council’s Richmond and Takaka offices, as detailed under Special Voting.

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Special Voting

Special Votes are available to electors:

  • whose names do not appear on the Final Electoral Roll, but who qualify as electors
  • who did not receive a voting paper previously posted to them
  • who spoil or damage a voting paper previously posted to them

Special Votes will be available at the Tasman District Council's Richmond office (189 Queen Street, Richmond) from Friday 26 January  to Friday 16 February 2018, during normal office hours, and also between 9am and 12 noon on Saturday 17 February 2018. 

Special Votes will also be available in the Tasman District Council's Takaka office (78 Commercial Street, Takaka) between 9am to12 noon on Tuesday 13 February, 10am to 4pm on Friday 16 February, and 9am to 12 noon on Saturday 17 February 2018. 

Golden Bay Ward ratepayers who live outside the area and who are not listed on the final electoral roll for this By-election can enrol at the Tasman District Council’s Richmond or Takaka office up to 12 noon on Saturday 17 February 2018.

Special Votes can be posted out directly to electors. The completed voting paper, however, must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer or the Deputy Electoral Officer, at either the Richmond or Takaka Council office, by noon on election day, Saturday 17 February 2018.

Please contact the Council on 03 543 8554 for assistance.

Special Votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirements and a protection for electors against possible duplicate voting.

If an elector requests a Special Vote and is not on the Parliamentary Roll (e.g. just turned 18 years of age), the person must enrol on the Parliamentary Roll by Friday 16 February 2018.

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Contact the Electoral Officer 

For further information regarding the Golden Bay Community Board By-election, please contact:

  • Sandra Hartley  - Electoral Officer
  • Phone: 03 543 8554
  • Email:
  • 189 Queen Street, Richmond, Private Bag 4, Richmond, 7050

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