2016 New Zealand local elections

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The 2016 New Zealand local elections were triennial local elections to select local government officials and District Health Board members. Under section 10 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, a "general election of members of every local authority or community board must be held on the second Saturday in October in every third year" from the date the Act came into effect in 2001, meaning 8 October 2016.[1]

Electoral systems[edit]

The local elections were held using postal ballots. Most city and district councils and all but one regional council used the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system, with the exception of the following six city and district councils that use the single transferable vote (STV) voting system:[2]

The Wellington Regional Council was the sole regional council to use the STV system.

Environment Canterbury was under statutory management and no elections were held.[3] Statutory management in Kaipara District ended and it held its first elections since 2010.[4] All District Health Boards used the STV system.[2]

Mayoral elections summary[edit]

Since the 2013 local elections, two new mayors have been elected. Carterton mayor Ron Mark and Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor resigned after being elected to Parliament in the 2014 election, with John Booth elected unopposed as the new Carterton mayor and Grant Smith elected in a by-election as the new Palmerston North mayor.

Council Incumbent Winner
Ashburton District Angus McKay Donna Favel[5]
Auckland (details) Len Brown[nb 1] Phil Goff[6]
Buller District Garry Howard[nb 2][7]
Carterton District John Booth[8][9]
Central Hawke's Bay District Peter Butler[nb 1] Alex Walker [10]
Central Otago District Tony Lepper Tim Cadogan[11]
Chatham Islands Alfred Preece
Christchurch City (details) Lianne Dalziel[12]
Clutha District Bryan Cadogan[nb 2][13]
Dunedin City (details) Dave Cull
Far North District John Carter
Gisborne District Meng Foon
Gore District Tracy Hicks[14]
Grey District Tony Kokshoorn[nb 2][7]
Hamilton City (details) Julie Hardaker[nb 1] Andrew King [15]
Hastings District Lawrence Yule[16]
Hauraki District John Tregidga
Horowhenua District Brendan Duffy Michael Feyen[9]
Hurunui District Winton Dalley[nb 2][13]
Hutt City Ray Wallace[17]
Invercargill City Tim Shadbolt[18]
Kaikoura District Winston Gray
Kaipara District John Robertson[nb 3] Greg Gent[19]
Kapiti Coast District Ross Church K Gurunathan[16]
Kawerau District Malcolm Campbell
Mackenzie District Claire Barlow[nb 1] Graham Smith [20]
Manawatu District Margaret Kouvelis Helen Worboys
Marlborough District Alistair Sowman[nb 1] John Leggett
Masterton District Lyn Patterson[nb 2][13]
Matamata-Piako District Jan Barnes[nb 2][21]
Napier City Bill Dalton[nb 2][13]
Nelson City Rachel Reese
New Plymouth District Andrew Judd[nb 1] Neil Holdom [22]
Opotiki District John Forbes[16]
Otorohanga District Max Baxter[nb 2]
Palmerston North City Grant Smith [16]
Porirua City Nick Leggett[nb 4] Mike Tana [16]
Queenstown-Lakes District Vanessa van Uden[nb 1] Jim Boult[23]
Rangitikei District (details) Andy Watson [16]
Rotorua Lakes Steve Chadwick[9]
Ruapehu District Don Cameron
Selwyn District Kelvin Coe[nb 1][7] Sam Broughton [24]
South Taranaki District Ross Dunlop[nb 2][25]
South Waikato District Neil Sinclair[nb 1] Jenny Shattock[16]
South Wairarapa District Adrienne Staples[nb 1] Viv Napier[9]
Southland District Gary Tong
Stratford District Neil Volzke[nb 2][25]
Tararua District Roly Ellis[nb 1] Tracey Collis [26]
Tasman District Richard Kempthorne[27]
Taupo District David Trewavas
Tauranga City Stuart Crosby[nb 1] Greg Brownless [28]
Thames-Coromandel District Glenn Leach[nb 1] Sandra Goudie[29]
Timaru District Damon Odey
Upper Hutt City Wayne Guppy[9]
Waikato District Allan Sanson
Waimakariri District David Ayers
Waimate District Craig Rowley[30]
Waipa District Jim Mylchreest[9]
Wairoa District Craig Little [9]
Waitaki District Gary Kircher [9]
Waitomo District Brian Hanna[9]
Wellington City (details) Celia Wade-Brown[nb 1] Justin Lester [31]
Western Bay of Plenty District Ross Paterson[nb 1] Garry Webber
Westland District Mike Havill Bruce Smith[16]
Whakatane District Tony Bonne[16]
Whanganui District Annette Main[nb 1] Hamish McDouall[32]
Whangarei District Sheryl Mai

Results by region[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Did not seek re-election
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Elected unopposed
  3. ^ Robertson was appointed by commission; he was not elected. However, in 2016 a mayoral election did take place.
  4. ^ Did not seek re-election in Porirua City. however contested the Wellington City Council mayoralty


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