Local body elections are your chance to choose a voice to represent you, the voice might even be your own!

The elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001 and associated regulations.

Elections of local authority members are held once every three years nationwide. In Waitaki, elections are held for Council, Community Boards and the Oamaru Licensing Trust.

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 about STV and FPP please visit local councils website

Our next local election is on Saturday 8th October 2022.

Local elections are held every three years by postal vote. This years voting closes at 12 noon on Saturday 8th October 2022.

If you are already enrolled, you will receive your voting information pack in the mail, these will begin to be sent from Friday 16th September 2022.

Here are some key dates for the 2022 local election.

  • Friday 8th July – Pre-Election period opens
  • Friday 15th July – Candidate nominations open
  • Monday 18th July – Candidate Information Evening at the Opera House
  • Friday 12th August – Candidate Nominations close at 12pm. Voters must also be enrolled by this day. (otherwise they will need to do a special vote)
  • Friday 16th September – Voting opens
  • Friday 16th September – Wednesday 21st September – Voting Papers delivered
  • Friday 16th September to 12pm Saturday 8th October – Voting is open
  • Saturday 8th October midday – Voting Day closes
  • Thursday 13th October – Wednesday 19th October – Declaration of votes
  • October / November – Elected members swearing-in ceremonies


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."