What you need to know to have your say


Auck­land’s reg­is­tered vot­ers will soon be get­ting vot­ing forms in their mail­boxes.

The ques­tion is what are all these dif­fer­ent po­si­tions I’m vot­ing on and how do I vote?

This guide isn’t telling you who to vote for, it’s ex­plain­ing the var­i­ous vot­ing for­mats used to fill dif­fer­ent roles from the mayor to liquor li­cens­ing trusts.

Come Oc­to­ber 8, Auck­lan­ders will have cho­sen from 603 peo­ple run­ning for 226 lo­cal body po­si­tions. can­di­dates us­ing first-past-the-post vot­ing.

Like wards, vot­ers qual­ify to vote in one lo­cal board area, Auck­land re­gion has 21 lo­cal boards. Like ward vot­ing, lo­cal board vot­ing also uses first-past-the-post but there are more po­si­tions to fill. Auck­land’s lo­cal board sizes cur­rently range from 5 to 9 mem­bers.

Auck­land re­gion’s three DHB’s, Waitem­ata, Auck­land and Coun­tiesManukau each has seven elected po­si­tions to fill us­ing the sin­gle trans­fer­able vot­ing sys­tem.

Vot­ers rank their DHB choices in order of pref­er­ence, if clear win­ners aren’t found on the first round, de­scend­ing pref­er­ences are counted to de­ter­mine the win­ning can­di­dates.

Once the win­ning elected can­di­dates are found, cen­tral gov­ern­ment ap­points four more DHB mem­bers to each DHB.

De­pend­ing on where you live you may be el­i­gi­ble to vote on who gets elected to one of Auck­land’s five Liquor Li­cens­ing Trusts.

Go to auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz/ EN/li­cences­reg­u­la­tions for more in­for­ma­tion on the trusts.

Auck­land Coun­cil pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on its gov­er­nance struc­ture and elec­tions, go to auck­land­coun­cil.govt.nz/EN/ AboutCoun­cil/HowCoun­cilWorks or phone 09 301 0101.

The Elec­toral Com­mis­sion of­fers tons of in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice while also help­ing you en­rol cor­rectly and get­ting your vot­ing pa­pers, go to elec­tions.org.nz or phone 0800 36 76 56.

Vot­ing for District Health Board (DHB) mem­bers In a pre­vi­ously pub­lished ver­sion of this story it was in­cor­rectly stated that Auck­land res­i­dents are au­to­mat­i­cally en­rolled to vote in the lo­cal elec­tions. There is not au­to­matic en­rol­ment in New Zealand. Any­one who was not cor­rectly en­rolled to vote by 12 Au­gust must en­rol with the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion by 7 Oc­to­ber and re­quest special vot­ing pa­pers from the Auck­land Coun­cil to vote in the lo­cal elec­tions. Call 0800 36 76 56 or visit www.elec­tions.org.nz to en­rol or up­date your en­rol­ment de­tails. Con­tact the Auck­land Coun­cil’s Elec­toral Of­fi­cer on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822 or email info@elec­tion­ser­vices.co.nz to re­quest special vot­ing pa­pers. Any­one who was cor­rectly en­rolled by 12 Au­gust will re­ceive their vot­ing pa­pers in the mail by 21 Septem­ber.

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