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 candidates, and about enrolling to vote.
A Pre-Election Report has been prepared to inform the regional community and to promote public discussion about any financial issues facing the Council. It brings together information previously published in other Council documents – including its 2018/2028 Long-Term Plan, annual plans and annual reports.
The report provides historic information for the past three financial years (2016/2017 to 2018/2019), an overview of the current election year (2019/2020) and the Council’s planned performance and financial position for the next three years (2020/2021-2022/2023). It also provides information on the works programme and major projects the Council expects to deliver over the next three years.
As required by law, the Pre-Election Report is prepared by the Council’s Chief Executive and not the current elected Council members.
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If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the Council's electoral officer to receive your voting papers.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 property 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).