Elections of local authority members are held once every three years by postal vote. In Waitaki, elections are held for Council, Community Boards and the Oamaru Licensing Trust. The elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001 and associated regulations.

Waitaki District Council, regional council, community board and licensing trust elections are conducted under the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system. For more information visit the local councils website

Voting in the 2022 General Local Government elections is closed. Nominations for candidates  for the Ahuriri By-election open 24 November and close 22 December 2022. 

Alex Parmley

A message from Alex Parmley, CE of Waitaki District Council: 

“Waitaki is a great place to live and work. As well as maintaining the great things we have here, we also have some challenges to deal with too in the community & district as well as the Council. Councils are also in the middle of a number of reforms which will impact our role in the district and the services we provide in the future. I’m happy to have a chat with anyone who has questions about what standing might entail.

The Council exists for the communities of Waitaki. We are an ambitious organisation striving to do the best for our district. Our Mayor and Councillors are both the Board of the organisation and the civic leaders of our communities. We need community-minded people who care about Waitaki to stand for election so we can continue to improve what we do and make Waitaki the best place to be.”

It is also important that people vote, too. Your vote can shape where we invest our effort and resources over the next few years to improve the district and the services we provide. It can influence the role we play in reshaping local government in New Zealand so we have a modern, fit for purpose system that serves communities and their changing needs well. Please make sure you are registered to vote so you can help shape the future of your community and our district."