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2022 - Local elections

​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.

What constituency am I in?

Search for an address to find the constituency you live in, for voting in the upcoming 2022 local body elections.

Key dates
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Consider being a candidate
1 October - 15 July 2022

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Candidate nominations open / roll open for inspection
Friday, 15 July 2022

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Candidate nominations close (12 noon) / roll closes
Friday, 12 August 2022

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Candidates announced
Wednesday, 17 August 2022

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Voting documents sent to enrolled voters
Friday, 16 September 2022 – Wednesday, 21 September 2022

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Election day (voting closes 12 noon)
Saturday, 8 October 2022

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Progress results available
Saturday, 8 October 2022 (as soon as practicable)

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Declaration of result
Thursday 13 October 2022 – Wednesday 19 October 2022 (or as soon as practicable)

See who's standing in your constituency.

Nominations forms

Important Information to note - All nomination forms must be submitted in HARD COPY. You can submit your nomination in two ways:

Post directly to:
The Electoral Officer
Northland Regional Council
C/o Independent Election Services Ltd
PO Box 5135
Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142

OR drop off at the Northland Regional Council Office, 36 Water Street, Whangārei (nominations CANNOT be submitted to our regional offices).

Notice of election

Notice of election, nomination of candidates, and closing date for nominations for the 2022 elections of Northland Regional Council.

Pre-election report

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.

Find out more - key documents

For more information about nominations, enrolment, and voting download the following documents:

A detailed candidate information handbook will be available from June 2022.