2019 New Zealand local elections

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2019 New Zealand local elections
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  2016 12 October 2019 2022  

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]

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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

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

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

Results

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]

According to The Spinoff 's editor Toby Manhire, the 2019 local elections had the lowest number of candidate nominations relative to the total number of available seats. Of the 572 local body elections held that year, 101 seats and positions were not contested while 235 candidates were elected unopposed. [8]

Mayoral election summary

Territorial authorityIncumbentWinnerRunner-upThird place
Far North District [9] John Carter Tania MccinnesDave Bear Hookway
Whangarei District [9] Sheryl Mai Tony SavageAlex Wright
Kaipara District [10] Jason Smith Moemoea Mohoawhenuaonly two candidates
Auckland [11] Phil Goff John Tamihere Craig Lord
Thames Coromandel District [12] Sandra Goudie Len SaltBen Parsons
Hauraki District [13] John Tregidga Toby Adams Josie Andersononly two candidates
Waikato District [14] [15] Allan Sanson Korikori HawkinsSimon Thomson
Matamata Piako District [14] Jan Barnes Ash Tanner Jan Barnesonly two candidates
Hamilton City [14] Andrew King Paula Southgate Andrew KingAngela O'Leary
Waipa District [16] Jim Mylchreest elected unopposed
Otorohanga District [14] Max Baxter Leveson GowerDoreen de Haan
South Waikato District [17] Jenny Shattock elected unopposed
Waitomo District [18] Brian Hanna John Robertson Brian Hannaonly two candidates
Taupo District David Trewvas Zane Cozens Christine Rankin
Western Bay of Plenty District [19] Gary Webber Margaret Murray-BengeStephen Fawcett
Tauranga City Greg Brownless Tenby Powell Greg BrownlessKelvin Clout
Rotorua District Steve Chadwick Reynold MacPhersonRob Kent
Whakatāne District [20] Tony Bonne Judy Turner Victor LucaLesley Immink
Kawerau District [21] Malcolm Campbell Tracy Hillonly two candidates
Opotiki District [22] John Forbes Lyn Riesterer Alex DobieLouis Rāpihana
Gisborne District [23] Rehette Stoltz (acting) Rehette Stoltz Meredith Akuhata-Brown Ross Meurant
Wairoa District [24] Craig Little Waipatu WinitanaJennifer Takuta-Moses
Hastings District [25] Sandra Hazlehurst Damon Harveyonly two candidates
Napier City Bill Dalton Kirsten Wise Chris Tremain Steve Gibson
Central Hawke's Bay District [26] Alex Walker Darcie Scowenonly two candidates
New Plymouth District [27] Neil Holdem Max BroughJoanne Kuvarji
Stratford District [28] Neil Volzke Graham KellyRawinia Henderson
South Taranaki District [29] Ross Dunlop Phil Nixon Craig BaylisClem Coxhead
Ruapehu District [30] Don Cameron Jacques Windellonly two candidates
Whanganui District [31] Hamish McDouall elected unopposed
Rangitikei District [32] Andy Watson elected unopposed
Manawatu District Helen Worboys Shane CaseyRussell Johnson
Palmerston North City Grant Smith Teanau Tuiono Andy Asquith
Tararua District [33] Tracey Collis James HaroldMitch McHardy
Horowhenua District Michael Feyen Bernie Wanden Victoria Kaye-SimmonsMichael Feyen
Kapiti Coast District K Gurunathan Gwynn ComptonJackie Elliott
Porirua City [34] Mike Tana Anita Baker Mike Tana Izzy Ford
Upper Hutt City Wayne Guppy Angela McleodSteve Taylor
Lower Hutt City [11] Ray Wallace Campbell Barry Ray WallaceJames Anderson
Wellington City [11] Justin Lester Andy Foster Justin LesterDiane Calvert
Masterton District Lyn Patterson Tina NixonCory Burling
Carterton District John Booth Greg Lang Jill GreatheadBernard Bottrill
South Wairarapa District Viv Napier Alex Beijen Viv NapierDayle Harwood
Tasman District Richard Kempthorne Tim King Brent MaruDean McNamara
Nelson City Rachel Reece Mel Courtney Bill Dahlberg
Marlborough District John Leggett Jamie ArbuckleRick Ireland
Buller District Gary Howard Jamie Cleine Pat O'DeaDoug Taffs
Grey District Tony Kokshoorn Tania Gibson Cliff SandreyAndrew Robb
Westland District Bruce Smith Latham MartinGray Eatwell
Kaikoura District Winston Gray Craig Mackle John DiverDarlene Morgan
Hurunui District Winton Dalley Marie Black Julia McLeanPeggy Burrows
Waimakariri District David Ayers Dan Gordon Paul WilliamsOliver Sanderson
Christchurch City [35] Lianne Dalziel Darryll Park John Minto
Selwyn District [36] Sam Broughton Bill Woodsonly two candidates
Ashburton District Donna Favel Neil Brown Tony ToddDonna Flavel
Timaru District [37] Damon Odey Nigel Bowen Gordon HandyJanie Annear
Mackenzie District [38] Graham Smith Julian Leeonly two candidates
Waimate District [39] Craig Rowley Murray Ludemannonly two candidates
Chatham Islands Territory [40] Alfred Preece Monique Croon Greg HorlerJack Daymond
Waitaki District Gary Kircher Katrina HazelhurstPaul Mutch
Central Otago District [41] Tim Cadogan Victoria Bonhamonly two candidates
Queenstown Lakes District Jim Boult Nick KiddleAl Angus
Dunedin City [11] Dave Cull Aaron Hawkins Lee Vandervis Andrew Whiley
Clutha District [42] Bryan Cadogan elected unopposed
Southland District Gary Tong Don ByarsTim Hanna
Gore District [43] Tracey Hicks elected unopposed
Invercargill City [11] Tim Shadbolt Darren LudlowBecs Amundsen

Regional council chairs

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. [44]

Regional councilIncumbentChair
Northland Regional Council Bill Shepherd [45] Penny Smart [46]
Waikato Regional Council Alan Livingston Russ Rimmington [47]
Bay of Plenty Regional Council Doug Leeder [48]
Hawke's Bay Regional Council Rex Graham [49]
Taranaki Regional Council David MacLeod [50]
Horizons Regional Council Bruce Gordon Rachel Keedwell [51]
Greater Wellington Regional Council Chris Laidlaw [52] Daran Ponter [53]
West Coast Regional Council Andrew Robb Allan Birchfield
Canterbury Regional Council Steve Lowndes Jenny Hughey [54]
Otago Regional Council Stephen Woodhead Marian Hobbs [55]
Southland Regional Council Nicol Horrell [56]

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