Local Elections

General Election: Voting starts soon

Voting in the 2023 General Election will be underway soon. Overseas voting starts today. Voting places will be open in New Zealand next Monday, October... Read More

Electoral review recommends lowering voting age

A sweeping review into the country's electoral system is recommending the voting age be lowered to 16, a 3.5 per cent party threshold, and a public referendum... Read More

Police: Minister warned re election day ads

Police have confirmed they warned Education Minister Jan Tinetti over Facebook posts made during the Tauranga by-election last year. They say the breach of electoral... Read More

Proposed boundary changes to Whakatāne and Kawerau

The Local Government Commission has received a reorganisation initiative proposing changes to the boundary between Kawerau District and Whakatane District. The... Read More

Low voter turnout revives call for online voting

Low voter turnout in the council elections has fuelled calls for an overhaul of the entire local government voting process, including postal ballots. Just 36... Read More

First wāhine Māori elected to lead their cities

The local government election has been a big win for two newly-elected mayors who have become the first young wāhine Māori to lead their cities. Tania Tapsell... Read More

Ōpōtiki election results show huge swing

David Moore says he played his worst game of golf ever on Saturday, but losing on the links was quickly overshadowed by initial results for Ōpōtiki district's... Read More

Two new faces for Kawerau District Council

Initial results for the Kawerau district local body elections shows all six of the current councillors that are standing will be returned. The two new council... Read More

Dr Victor Luca leading Whakatāne mayoralty race

Initial results for the Whakatāne district local body elections suggest a vastly different council that will be led by international man of science Victor Luca.... Read More

BOP Regional Council progress results released

Progress results for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council elections have been released on Saturday afternoon. For the Tauranga General Constituency, five councillors... Read More

Tapsell claims victory as Rotorua‘s new mayor

Tania Tapsell has claimed victory as Rotorua's new mayor. Tapsell attracted 6254 votes, a lead on closest rival Fletcher Tabuteau of 2862 votes. At her election... Read More

Tapsell leading Rotorua mayoralty race

Tania Tapsell is leading the Rotorua mayoralty race with about 90 per cent of the returned votes counted so far. Tania, with 6254 votes is nearly 3000 votes... Read More