Local Elections 2022

Voting started on Friday 16 September and will end at midday on Saturday 8 October 2022. You should receive your voting pack by 21 September. 

All you need to do is:
  •  rank your preferred candidates for the Far North District Council (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.)
  •  and ✔ your preferred candidate for the Northland Regional Council
  •  put your voting paper in the Freepost envelope provided and post it at your nearest post box
  •  or if rural post, pop it in your mailbox and put your flag up
  •  to reach us in time, post it no later than Tuesday 4 October.

More information about voting and STV is found here.

Find your ward or community board subdivision

If you're voting after Tuesday 4 October:
  • head into one of our service centres during business hours to place your vote into a ballot box
  • on Saturday 8 October, ballot boxes will only be available from 8am to midday at Kaitāia, Kaikohe or Kerikeri service centres
  • our mobile ballot box is also out and about in the district - find out when and where it will be here.

Enrolling to vote


If you are not enrolled (or not enrolled correctly) on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, you will need to:

  • pick an enrolment form at any New Zealand Post Shop
  • or enrol online at www.vote.nz
  • or call 0800 36 76 56
  • or send your name and address to Freetext 3676.

Your enrolment form needs to be with the Registrar of Electors before close of business Friday 7 October 2022.  You will then need to cast a special vote. 


Didn’t receive your voting papers? Request a special vote


If you have not received your voting papers by 21 September and know that you are enrolled, you can cast a special vote.

Up until Friday 30 September you can call 0800 922 822 to be issued a special voting pack.

After Monday 3 October, you can go to Kaitāia, Kaikohe or Kerikeri service centres to cast your special vote. 

You will be required to complete, sign and have a witnessed special declaration in order to cast your vote.   A witness can be anyone over the age of 18.  If you do not have a witness, you will be required to present current photo ID to the electoral official so they can witness your declaration.

PLEASE don’t leave it to the last minute to cast your vote, particularly if it is a special vote.   


Number of votes cast and final results

Voting Daily Returns

Click here  to find the latest number of votes cast each day during the election period. 


Preliminary and Final Results

The results of the election will be posted here as soon as available (once voting closes). Preliminary results may not be available until Monday 10 October 2022, with final results known by Friday 14 October 2022.


Who is being elected?


Mayor (1)

Councillors (10)

  • Te Hiku General Ward (2)
  • Bay of Islands-Whangaroa General Ward (3)
  • Kaikohe-Hokianga General Ward (1)
  • Ngā Tai o Tokerau Ward (4)

Community Board Members (19)

  • Te Hiku Community Board (6)
  • Bay of Islands-Whangaroa Community Board (7)
  • Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board (6)


Key dates


  • Nominations period: Friday 15 July - Friday 12 August (midday)
  • Voting period: Friday 16 September - Saturday 8 October (midday)
  • Results from Friday 14 October 


What's different about this election in the Far North?


  • We've switched to Single Transferable Vote (STV) from a First Past the Post (FPP) voting system.
  • We’re increasing the number of councillors from nine to ten as part of our Representation Review.
  • We're introducing one district-wide Māori ward in this election.