2019 Elections

This year is your chance to choose who you want to make the big decisions about our city by voting in the 2019 Local Elections.

The elections are your opportunity to vote for the Councillors in the ward you live, as well as deciding on our Mayor.

To be able to make a postal vote you need to enrolled to vote before 16 August. 

You can find out everything you need to know about the Local Elections on our Factsheet

The most important dates in the run up to the election are on our Election Timetable

Notice of Election

The official notice of elections, with details of how and where you can enrol, who you are voting for, how to stand and official public information meetings for elections candidates, is below.

Notice of Election

Who am I voting for?

At this year's Local Elections voters in Porirua will be voting for candidates for the following positions:

Porirua City Council:

  • Mayor 
  • 10 City Councillors for the three Council Wards
  1. Eastern Ward/Pāutahanui ki te uunga mai o te ra - Four Councillors
  2. Northern Ward/Pukerua ki te Raki - Four Councillors
  3. Western Ward/Titahi Rangituhi Porirua ki te uru - Two Councillors
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council - Two Council Members from the Porirua-Tawa Constituency
  • Capital Coast District Health Board - Seven members
  • Hutt Mana Charitable Trust - One Member

Are you enrolled to vote?

It sounds obvious but you can't vote unless you are enrolled to vote!

The easiest way to vote is using a postal vote, and to do this you have to be enrolled before 16 August.

Enrolling to vote, making sure you are enrolled or simply checking your details are right is really straightforward. 

The Electoral Commission have put together this simple tool to make things easy for you.

You can also find out who can and can't enrol to vote.

Not sure what the voting process is all about, why you should vote and who is eligible to vote? 

Then check out this easy-to-understand LGNZ guide and get the answers to your voting questions.

You can also find out how you can enrol and vote with a disability

How to enrol

Voting is just like everyday life

Stand for Council

In order to stand for election and candidate needs to be:

  • A New Zealand citizen (by birth or citizenship ceremony); and,
  • Enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and,
  • Nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for.

Nominations for the following positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at noon on Friday 16 August:

  • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
  • Councillors (10)
  • Eastern Ward/Pāuatahanui ki te uunga mai o te ra (4)
  • Northern Ward/Pukerua ki te Raki (4)
  • Western Ward/Titahi Rangituhi Porirua ki te uru (2)

Nomination papers will be available during the above period.

You can get hold of nomination papers in a number of ways:

If you’re interested in standing for Council then come along to one of our candidate information sessions at 7 Serlby Place, Cobham Court, Porirua on:

  • Saturday, 27 July at 11am. 
  • Monday, 29 July 2019 at 5:30pm.

Additional information on standing for Council can be found in our 2019 Candidate Information Handbook on our website towards the top of this page.

Please feel free to contact us if you need more information:

Lynlee Baily, Manager Democratic Services/Deputy Electoral Officer

Phone (04) 237 5089

Email Lynlee.baily@poriruacity.govt.nz

Or

Dale Ofsoske, Electoral Officer

Independent Election Services Ltd

Phone 0800 922 822

Email dale.ofsoske@electionservices.co.nz

Candidate Information Handbook

This booklet is vital for candidates to read - it provides information about the election process, the role of a councillor and the responsibilities of an elected member, and where and when candidate briefings will be held. 

The booklet is available to download [PDF 1.88MB].

Electioneering signs

You need a permit to display signs on public or private land. Everything you need to know, and a map of locations can be found here.