Local body elections are held every three years. The next election for members of all local authorities throughout New Zealand will be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday, 8 October 2022.
The first past the post (FPP) electoral system will be used for the Northland Regional Council elections.
What does the regional council do?
While city or district councils are responsible for a wide range of local services in your area, the role and responsibilities of the regional council involve managing the region’s natural resources - it manages land, air, coast and the quality of water in our lakes and rivers. They are also responsible for biodiversity, regional parks, flood protection, emergency management and regional transport. The regional council works closely with city or district councils and other agencies on some issues, to ensure they are managed to benefit the entire region.
Who is being elected?
Elections will be required for the following positions:
- Councillors (9)
- Far North General Constituency (1)
- Bay of Islands-Whangaroa General Constituency (1)
- Kaipara General Constituency (1)
- Mid North General Constituency (1)
- Coastal Central General Constituency (1)
- Whangārei Central General Constituency (1)
- Coastal South General Constituency (1)
- Te Raki Māori Constituency (2)
How can I be nominated?
Nominations for these positions will open on Friday 15 July 2022 and close at noon on Friday 12 August 2022. More information is available in the fact sheet below - see Key documents.
Consider being a candidate
Candidate nominations open / roll open for inspection
Candidate nominations close (12 noon) / roll closes
Voting documents sent to enrolled voters
Election day (voting closes 12 noon)
Progress and preliminary results available
Declaration of result
The pre-election report prepared by our chief executive, aims to promote public discussion and informed debate in the lead-up to the 2022 local government elections.
This is also a time to look ahead to the significant challenges and opportunities our region is likely to face over the next three years, and further into the future.
Local elections guide 2022
We’ve put together this booklet to guide you through the election process, including key dates and information on how to enrol, how to stand and how to vote in the 2022 Local Government Election.
For more information about nominations, enrolment, and voting download the following documents:
- Fact sheet - 2022 election (PDF, 314KB)
- FAQs – Northland Regional Council elections (PDF, 887KB)
- Guidance on Māori constituencies - Information for candidates and voters in the 2022 local elections (PDF, 876KB)
- Candidate information handbook (PDF, 4.6MB)
A detailed candidate information handbook will be available from June 2022.