2019 New Zealand local elections

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The 2019 New Zealand local elections were triennial 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 12 October 2019.[1]

Most of the local elections were run by one of two companies on behalf of individual local bodies. Sometimes the company also provides the electoral officer.[2]

Election schedule[edit]

Key dates relating to the general election were as follows:[3]

1 July 2019 Electoral Commission enrolment campaign starts.
19 July 2019 Nominations open for candidates.
Rolls open for inspection at council offices and other sites locally.
16 August 2019 Nominations close at 12:00.
Rolls close.
21 August 2019 Election date and candidates' names publicised by electoral officers.
20–25 September 2019 Voting documents delivered to households. Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.
12 October 2019 Polling day — The voting documents must be at the council before voting closes at 12:00.
Preliminary results will be available as soon as possible afterwards.
17–23 October 2019 Official results declared

Results[edit]

In Auckland, Phil Goff was re-elected Mayor and at least 16 of the city's 20 councillors retained their seats, with two new councillors winning seats which were vacated by retirement.[4][5][6] In Hamilton, incumbent mayor Andrew King lost to Paula Southgate, who previously challenged him in 2016,[7] while four controversial councillors were voted out of office.[6] In Wellington incumbent mayor Justin Lester was unseated by Andy Foster, who received a high-profile endorsement from filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson.[4][5][6] The election also marked the first time a Green Party member was elected to serve as a mayor in New Zealand, with Aaron Hawkins being elected Mayor of Dunedin.[4][5][6]

Mayoral election summary[edit]

Territorial authority Incumbent Winner Runner-up Third place
Far North District[8] John Carter Tania Mccinnes Dave Bear Hookway
Whangarei District[8] Sheryl Mai Tony Savage Alex Wright
Kaipara District[9] Jason Smith Moemoea Mohoawhenua only two candidates
Auckland[10] Phil Goff John Tamihere Craig Lord
Thames Coromandel District[11] Sandra Goudie Len Salt Ben Parsons
Hauraki District[12] John Tregidga Toby Adams Josie Anderson only two candidates
Waikato District[13][14] Allan Sanson Korikori Hawkins Simon Thomson
Matamata Piako District[13] Jan Barnes Ash Tanner Jan Barnes only two candidates
Hamilton City[13] Andrew King Paula Southgate Andrew King Angela O'Leary
Waipa District[15] Jim Mylchreest elected unopposed
Otorohanga District[13] Max Baxter Leveson Gower Doreen de Haan
South Waikato District[16] Jenny Shattock elected unopposed
Waitomo District[17] Brian Hanna John Robertson Brian Hanna only two candidates
Taupo District David Trewvas Zane Cozens Christine Rankin
Western Bay of Plenty District[18] Gary Webber Margaret Murray-Benge Stephen Fawcett
Tauranga City Greg Brownless Tenby Powell Greg Brownless Kelvin Clout
Rotorua District Steve Chadwick Reynold MacPherson Rob Kent
Whakatane District[19] Tony Bonne Judy Turner Victor Luca Lesley Immink
Kawerau District[20] Malcolm Campbell Tracy Hill only two candidates
Opotiki District[21] John Forbes Lyn Riesterer Alex Dobie Louis Rāpihana
Gisborne District[22] Rehette Stoltz (acting) Rehette Stoltz Meredith Akuhata-Brown Ross Meurant
Wairoa District[23] Craig Little Waipatu Winitana Jennifer Takuta-Moses
Hastings District[24] Sandra Hazlehurst Damon Harvey only two candidates
Napier City Bill Dalton Kirsten Wise Chris Tremain Steve Gibson
Central Hawke's Bay District[25] Alex Walker Darcie Scowen only two candidates
New Plymouth District[26] Neil Holdem Max Brough Joanne Kuvarji
Stratford District[27] Neil Volzke Graham Kelly Rawinia Henderson
South Taranaki District[28] Ross Dunlop Phil Nixon Craig Baylis Clem Coxhead
Ruapehu District[29] Don Cameron Jacques Windell only two candidates
Whanganui District[30] Hamish McDouall elected unopposed
Rangitikei District[31] Andy Watson elected unopposed
Manawatu District Helen Worboys Shane Casey Russell Johnson
Palmerston North City Grant Smith Teanau Tuiono Andy Asquith
Tararua District[32] Tracey Collins James Harold Mitch McHardy
Horowhenua District Michael Feyen Bernie Wanden Victoria Kaye-Simmons Michael Feyen
Kapiti Coast District K Gurunathan Gwynn Compton Jackie Elliott
Porirua City[33] Mike Tana Anita Baker Mike Tana Izzy Ford
Upper Hutt City Wayne Guppy Angela Mcleod Steve Taylor
Lower Hutt City[10] Ray Wallace Campbell Barry Ray Wallace James Anderson
Wellington City[10] Justin Lester Andy Foster Justin Lester Diane Calvert
Masterton District Lyn Patterson Tina Nixon Cory Burling
Carterton District John Booth Greg Lang Jill Greathead Bernard Bottrill
South Wairarapa District Viv Napier Alex Beijen Viv Napier Dayle Harwood
Tasman District Richard Kempthorne Tim King Brent Maru Dean McNamara
Nelson City Rachel Reece Mel Courtney Bill Dahlberg
Marlborough District John Leggett Jamie Arbuckle Rick Ireland
Buller District Gary Howard Jamie Cleine Pat O'Dea Doug Taffs
Grey District Tony Kokshoorn Tania Gibson Cliff Sandrey Andrew Robb
Westland District Bruce Smith Latham Martin Gray Eatwell
Kaikoura District Winston Gray Craig Mackle John Diver Darlene Morgan
Hurunui District Winton Dalley Marie Black Julia McLean Peggy Burrows
Waimakariri District David Ayers Dan Gordon Paul Williams Oliver Sanderson
Christchurch City[34] Lianne Dalziel Darryll Park John Minto
Selwyn District[35] Sam Broughton Bill Woods only two candidates
Ashburton District Donna Favel Neil Brown Tony Todd Donna Flavel
Timaru District[36] Damon Odey Nigel Bowen Gordon Handy Janie Annear
Mackenzie District[37] Graham Smith Julian Lee only two candidates
Waimate District[38] Craig Rowley Murray Ludemann only two candidates
Chatham Islands Territory[39] Alfred Preece Monique Croon Greg Horler Jack Daymond
Waitaki District Gary Kircher Katrina Hazelhurst Paul Mutch
Central Otago District[40] Tim Cadogan Victoria Bonham only two candidates
Queenstown Lakes District Jim Boult Nick Kiddle Al Angus
Dunedin City[10] Dave Cull Aaron Hawkins Lee Vandervis Andrew Whiley
Clutha District[41] Bryan Cadogan elected unopposed
Southland District Gary Tong Don Byars Tim Hanna
Gore District[42] Tracey Hicks elected unopposed
Invercargill City[10] Tim Shadbolt Darren Ludlow Becs Amundsen

Regional council chairs[edit]

There are sixteen regions for local government purposes. Eleven are administered by regional councils and five are administered by unitary authorities: Auckland, Gisborne, Tasman, Nelson, and Marlborough. In unitary authorities, the local mayor is the head of government. In the remaining regional councils, the elected members vote for their chair and deputy.[43]

Regional council Incumbent Chair
Northland Regional Council Bill Shepherd[44] election on 29 October[45]
Waikato Regional Council Alan Livingston Russ Rimmington[46]
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Doug Leeder[47]
Hawke's Bay Regional Council Rex Graham election on 30 October
Taranaki Regional Council David MacLeod election on 30 October
Horizons Regional Council Bruce Gordon Rachel Keedwell[48]
Greater Wellington Regional Council Chris Laidlaw[49] Daran Ponter[50]
West Coast Regional Council Andrew Robb election on 25 October
Canterbury Regional Council Steve Lowndes Jenny Hughey[51]
Otago Regional Council Stephen Woodhead Marian Hobbs[52]
Southland Regional Council Nicol Horrell election on 29 October

Detailed information[edit]

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