Local body elections are held every three years.
Local elections are conducted under the Local Electoral Act 2001 and Local Electoral Regulations 2001.
Being an elected member is an opportunity for you to be part of governing Tasman District.
Candidate nominations open on 19 July and close on 16 August 2019.
Elected members have different roles and responsibilities. Payments for elected members are set by the independent Remuneration Authority. The figures below apply from 1 July 2019.
The Mayor leads Tasman District Council and chairs the Full Council.
The Deputy Mayor is appointed by the Mayor from the elected ward Councillors and serves on Council with Councillors.
Each Committee Chairperson is appointed by the Mayor from the elected ward Councillors and serves on Council with Councillors.
For expectations of being an elected member, see the Elected members' code of conduct.
To stand for Council or a Community Board, you must be:
There are no special qualifications required to stand for Council.
Elected members come from all backgrounds and walks of life: they may be parents, students, business people, or self-employed. An effective elected member will bring a broad range of skills to the role, such as:
We encourage you to attend a Council or Community Board meeting to see what is involved.
This year, all candidates for Tasman District Council and the two Community Boards will be given the opportunity to have their profile statements filmed. We are offering to video your candidate statement and then post a link alongside your written profile statement on our website. The process is very simple and just a matter of reading your 150-word election statement from an autocue. We will be in contact once nominations close and give you booking details for the filming days of 22nd and 23rd August (all filming will be undertaken at the Motueka Service Centre). Each candidate will be able to book a 20-minute slot to have their profile statement filmed.
This method has already been trialled for the Banks Peninsula Community Board – Lyttelton Ward By-election in 2018. We encourage you to view the video profiles from this by-election.
The main reason people don't vote is lack of knowledge about the candidates and their views.
A successful campaign is one where local residents know the key issues you stand for within the community. Here are some useful tips for connecting with people and getting more votes:
There are regulations around campaigning, including what can be spent and how, advertising and signage. For full details, see the Local Electoral Act 2001 on the Legislation website.
For information about Tasman District signage rules and other details:
For more information about standing for Council or a Community Board in 2019, contact:
Political decision-making at Tasman District Council is shared between the Council and Community Boards.
The Mayor is elected by all Tasman District voters and leads our Council.
The Council focuses on the big-picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. It consists of the Mayor and 13 Councillors, who are elected by voters from the five wards in Tasman District.
Council establishes committees to enable effective decision-making.
Community Boards represent the communities in their area and make decisions/advocate to Council on some local issues, activities and facilities.
Both the Golden Bay and Motueka Community Boards have four members each, elected by voters from the area they represent (i.e. Golden Bay or Motueka Wards). Each Community Board also elects a chairperson.
Find out why you should enrol to vote, and how to do it.
If you love Tasman District and want to shape the future of the region, make sure you are enrolled to vote.
Enrolling to vote means you can have a say on the people who will make decisions on your behalf on what happens in your community.
To vote in a local body election, you need to be enrolled on either the residential or ratepayer electoral roll.
You are eligible to enrol if you:
If you are a resident of Tasman District and already enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in the 2019 Tasman District Council elections - as long as you do not change address within that time.
Visit the Electoral Commission website or call 0800 36 76 56 if:
Hard copy enrolment forms are also available at Council offices and libraries.
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 roll.
A company or society that pays property rates can also qualify as a ratepayer elector.
Non-resident ratepayer enrolment forms are available:
Preliminary electoral rolls will be available for inspection at Council offices and libraries in Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Murchison from 19 July 2019.
Final electoral rolls, used to post out voting documents to electors, can be inspected at Council offices and libraries from 20 September 2019.
Find out about the voting period, special votes, early processing of posted votes and voting systems.
You'll receive your voting documents in the post - along with a freepost envelope so you can send your vote back.
To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the Electoral Officer at the Richmond office by 12 noon on election day.
Progress and preliminary results will be posted on our website as soon as possible after voting closes.
Special votes are available from the Richmond office of Tasman District Council during the three-week voting period for those electors:
Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration. This is a legal requirement and protects against possible duplicate voting.
Completed voting papers can be posted in the ballot boxes at the Council offices in Richmond, Motueka, Takaka and Murchison during normal office hours.
Returned voting documents can be opened and processed (but not counted) during the three-week voting period, prior to the close of voting (sec 80 LEA).
Processing involves opening the envelopes, extracting the voting document and electronically recording the votes for each candidate. Voting documents are kept in secure storage when not being processed. Each voting document is processed twice, the second time by a different operator from the first. 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 that the whole process has been carried out in compliance with the relevant Acts and Regulations.
The First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system is used for Tasman District Council elections and by-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.
The Single Transferable Voting (STV) electoral system is used for the Nelson/Marlborough District Health Board elections.
Recent by-elections, results tables from previous elections, candidate electoral donations and expenses, candidate resources 2016, pre-election reports.
A by-election is held to fill an elected position that has become vacant.
Information about recent by-elections (including results) is posted on our old website:
Results for the Mayor, Councillors and Community Boards are posted on our old website:
Records of candidate electoral donations and expenses are posted on our old website:
Resources for candidates (including the Candidate Information Booklet 2016) are posted on our old website:
The pre-election report is prepared by our Chief Executive, and must by law be politically independent. The report is a requirement for all councils under the Local Government Act.
In providing information about the issues we face, the report promotes public discussion ahead of the council elections, to help voters and elected members make informed decisions.