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Hastings District Council Local Body Elections

Following the election of Sandra Hazlehurst as mayor on  Friday 24 November 2017 a by-election for a councillor for Hastings/Havelock North Ward will be held. 

Nominations open Tuesday 16 January 2018 and close at noon Tuesday 13 February 2018. For the Candidate Information Pack and 2018 Nomination Paper please see the related documents section at the bottom of this page. 

Voting papers will then be delivered from Tuesday 20 March 2018. 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. Voting will close at noon on Wednesday 11 April 2018. 

If you have not received your voting documents by Monday 20 March 2018 contact the Electoral Officer on +64 6 871 5018 or visit the special voting station at Hastings District Council Offices, which will be open from 8am – 5pm from Tuesday 20 March until voting closes at 12 noon on 11 April 2018.

Residential Electors

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

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If you are on the unpublished roll, voting papers have not arrived, your enrolment details have changed or you are not yet enrolled you may need to cast a special vote.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 20 March until voting closes at 12 noon on 11 April 2018.

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 2018 Timetable

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

Tuesday 16 January Campaign expenditure monitoring period commences
Tuesday 16 January

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
Tuesday 16 January

Nominations open

Tuesday 16 January

Electoral roll opens for inspection

Sunday 11 February 

Election signs can be put up

Tuesday 13 February

Nominations close (noon)

Tuesday 13 February

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

Monday 19 February

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

Friday 16 March

Electoral Officer certifies final electoral roll

Friday 16 March

Final electoral roll comes into force

Tuesday 20 March to Monday 26 March

Mail delivery of voting papers

Tuesday 20 March to Monday 26 March

Progressive Roll Scrutiny

Tuesday 20 March to Wednesday 11 April

Special voting period and early processing

Wednesday 11 April

Election Day

  • Voting closes at noon
  • Tallying of votes commences at noon
Wednesday 11 April

Preliminary results available as soon as practicable after 3pm

Wednesday 11 April

Official count (Including verification of special votes)

As soon as possible on or after Monday 16 April

Public notice of election results

Friday 8 June 

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

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