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Hastings District Council Local Body Elections

Following the resignation of Mayor Yule and Adrienne Pierce on 28 August 2017 a by-election for the Mayor of Hastings District Council, and one ward councillor for Hastings/Havelock North Ward will be held to fill the extraordinary vacancies on Friday 24 November 2017. 

Voting Papers will be delivered from 2 November 2017. Once you have voted you can POST your voting documents in the pre-paid envelope provided or drop them in BY HAND to the ballot box situated in Hastings District Council Offices.

If you have not received your voting documents by 9 November 2017 contact the Electoral Officer on 871 5018 or visit the special voting station at Hastings District Council Offices, which will be open from 8am – 5pm from 2 November until voting closes at 12 noon on 24 November.

6 nominations for Mayor and 7 nominations for councillor in Hastings/Havelock North Ward have been received. You can view the candidates’ profiles by clicking on the links below:

Election Returns

A running total of votes received at the vote processing centre is available from the link below.

Residential Electors

To be a residential elector, you need to be on the parliamentary roll. This will automatically enrol you for the council elections and the district health board election at the address where you live.

As long as you have enrolled by 4.00pm on the 23 November you will be entitled to vote, but as the printed electoral roll for postal votes closed on 28 October, you will have to cast a special vote.

To enrol, or check your details, go to

Special Votes

If you are on the unpublished roll, voting papers have not arrived, your enrolment details have changed or you are not yet enrolled you may need to cast a special vote.

You can contact the Electoral Officer on 871 5018 or visit the special voting station at Hastings District Council Offices, which will be open from 8am – 5pm from 2 November until voting closes at 12 noon on 24 November 2017.

Find your ward and Councillors

The Hastings District is organised into five wards, to find out what ward you belong to visit Hastings District Wards

Non-Residential Ratepayer Electors

A ratepayer who is not a resident of Hastings District but who pays rates on a property there, may be entitled to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer roll.  A company, business or society which is a separate legal entity may also nominate an elector to vote on its behalf, provided that elector resides outside Hastings District.

The Enrollment Form for Non-Resident Ratepayer Elector, can be downloaded from the related documents at the bottom of this page.

By-Election 2017 Timetable

The timetable below sets out the key dates leading up to the by-election.

Wednesday 24 August Campaign expenditure monitoring period commences
Thursday 31 August

First public notice of the elections:

  • Calling for nominations of candidates
  • Advising electoral roll available for inspection
  • Advising closing date of electoral roll

Published in:

  • Hawke’s Bay Today 
  • Hastings Mail
Thursday 31 August

Nominations open

Thursday 31 August

Electroll roll opens for inspection

Sunday 24 September

Election signs can be put up

Thursday 28 September

Nominations close (noon)

Thursday 28 September

Electoral roll closes (4pm). (Refer section 9 of this booklet)

Tuesday 3rd October

Public notice of election and candidates names (Hawke’s Bay Today and Hastings Mail)

Monday 30 October

Electoral Officer certifies final electoral roll

Monday 30 October

Final electoral roll comes into force

Thursday 2 November to Tuesday 7 November

Mail delivery of voting papers

Tuesday 7 November

Progressive roll scrutiny

Thursday 2 November to Friday 24 November

Progressive Roll Scrutiny

Thursday 2 November to Friday 24 November

Special voting period and early processing

Friday 24 November

Election Day

  • Voting closes at noon
  • Tallying of votes commences at Noon
Friday 24 November

Preliminary results available as soon as practicable after 3pm

Friday 24 November to Wednesday 29 November

Official count (Including verification of special votes)

As soon as possible on or after Wednesday 29 November

Public notice of election results

Tuesday 23 January 2018

Final date for candidates to submit Return of Election expenses and donations form

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