Council elections will be held in October 2019.
The postal ballot will run from Friday 20 September to noon on Saturday 12 October, with preliminary results expected late on 12 October.
This page has information about standing as a candidate, and about enrolling to vote.
Nominations opened on Friday 19 July and close at noon on Friday 16 August.
Eleven Councillors will be elected to the Taranaki Regional Council from four constituences: North Taranaki (2), New Plymouth (5), Stratford (1) and South Taranaki (3).
You're eligible to be a candidate if you meet these three conditions:
- You're a New Zealand citizen.
- You're on the electoral roll anywhere in NZ.
- You're nominated by two electors who are on the electoral roll for the constituency you're standing for.
- You can't be a candidate for a Taranaki Regional Council seat if you're also standing for election to the New Plymouth, Stratford or South Taranaki District Councils.
- You can't be a candidate for more than one Taranaki Regional Council constituency.
- You can't be a candidate if you or your spouse are concerned or interested in contracts over $25,000 with the Taranaki Regional Council. This restriction may be waived, and it is recommended that you seek advice from the Office of the Auditor-General.
- You can't serve as a Taranaki Regional Councillor if you work for the TRC. You'll need to resign your job before taking up your elected position.
Anyone who is living in Taranaki and on the electoral roll can vote in the Council elections. If you have moved house, you will need to update your details so your voting papers are sent to the right address. Go to the Electoral Commission website(external link) to check your details, update them if necessary or apply to be enrolled.
If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the Council's electoral officer to receive your voting papers.
Overseas voters can take part in local elections, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.
People who live outside Taranaki but own propery and pay rates within the region may also be able to vote in the Taranaki local elections. If you live outside Taranaki and believe you qualify, contact the Council's electoral officer for a form to complete, sign and return, so your eligibility can be checked.
Council elections 2019 - key dates
|1 Jul||Electoral Commission enrolment campaign starts|
|19 Jul||Candidate nominations open and roll opens for public inspection|
|19 Jul - 16 Aug (noon)||Receipt of candidate nominations|
|16 Aug (noon)||Candidate nominations close and roll closes|
|21 Aug||Public notice of candidate’s names|
|20 - 25 Sep||Voting documents delivered|
|20 Sep - 12 Oct||Progressive roll scrutiny, special voting period, early processing|
|12 Oct (noon)||Election day – voting closes midday|
|12 Oct (from noon)||Preliminary results|
|17 - 23 Oct||Declaration of results|
Successful candidates will be sworn in at a Taranaki Regional Council meeting scheduled for 30 October (date subject to change).