Elections

Porirua City's 10 councillors and Mayor are elected by residents every 3 years. Our current council was elected in October 2016. The next elections will be on 12 October 2019.

Register to vote

It’s quick and easy to enrol or update your details.

You can also pick up an enrolment form from our relocated Customer Services Centre at 18 Hartham Place North, Porirua, or from any PostShop, or freetext your name and address to 3676. 


Do you live in one area and pay rates in another?

If the criteria below apply to you then you may qualify to vote more than once at the local authority elections on 12 October 2019, using our easy-to-complete enrolment form

  • If you live and vote in one council district, but also pay rates on a property in another district, you may be eligible to enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector in that other council district.
  • If your council district has community or local boards established, and you are a residential elector in one community or local board and pay rates on a property in another community or local board area, you may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector in that other community or local board area.
  • A firm, company, trust, corporate or society which pays rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a non-resident ratepayer elector, provided that the nominator and the person nominated are both registered as Parliamentary electors at addresses which are outside the council district within which the property is situated.
  • In the case of partners, joint tenants and tenants in common, who collectively pay rates on a property, one of the group may be nominated to be entered on the ratepayer electoral roll.  Again, the nominated person and the nominator must be registered as Parliamentary electors at addresses which are outside the council district within which the property is situated.

The term ‘council district’ includes a city, district and regional council area.

Electoral system

  • Elections for all local authorities (councils) throughout New Zealand are held every three years and are conducted by postal vote.
  • Porirua City uses the Single Transferable Vote system (STV). On your ballot, you'll be asked to rank the candidates in your preferred order.  
  • Read about STV.