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info for votersWhy your vote matters?

Voting gives you a say on the people who will represent you on local issues around the Council table. The elected representatives make decisions on behalf of their communities.
Hastings District Council delivers a wide range of services and facilities, and regulatory services, across our district that affect many aspects of your life such as roads, local parks, water, roads, waste, libraries, pools, events, planning, building control, animal control, environmental health, economic development etc. Voting allows you to choose who makes up the Council that governs these activities.

You can only vote, or be nominated as a candidate, if you are enrolled on the NZ Parliamentary electoral roll.

Check if you need to update your details or enrol to make sure you receive your voting papers. 

Māori rohe pōti
Māori wards or constituencies

In 2020/21, many local authorities resolved to establish Māori wards or constituencies. Up until then, there were three councils with Māori wards or constituencies but as at 2022, there are 35 across the country. The ability to successfully achieve this was due to a change in legislation which removed the poll provision that could overturn council resolutions to establish Māori wards/constituencies.

A number of local authorities have recently resolved to establish Māori wards or constituencies for at least the 2022 and 2025 triennial elections. Māori wards or constituencies guarantee Māori representation on a local authority and provides for Māori participation in council decision-making required under the Local Government Act 2002. Hastings District Council has resolved to introduce Maori Ward(s) for the 2022 and 2025 triennial elections.

Where Māori wards or constituencies have been established, the following applies:

Any eligible person is able to stand for Māori or general wards or constituencies – a person does not need to be of Māori descent or be on the Māori electoral roll to stand for a Māori ward or constituency (but must still be a New Zealand citizen, a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand and nominated by two electors from the area the person is standing in).

Only those electors on the Māori electoral roll are able to vote for those candidates standing for a Māori ward or constituency. Similarly, only those on the general electoral roll are able to vote for those candidates standing for a general ward or constituency.

If you are of Māori descent and enrolling for the first time, you have an important choice to make.  You need to decide which electoral roll you want to be on: the general roll or the Māori roll.

After you have enrolled, you can change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option which takes place every 5 or 6 years after the Census. The next Māori Electoral Option is currently scheduled for 2024.

Enrolling or updating your details is easy.

  • Do it online.  Enrolment information is available in several languages here.
  • To get an enrolment form sent to you in the mail, either:
    • phone 0800 367656, a 24-hour Freephone, or
    • Freetext your name and address to 3676.
  • Complete, sign and return the form as per the instructions on the form.

If you are enrolled at your current address you should receive an enrolment information pack from the Electoral Commission in late June/early July by mail.

If you are registered on the Unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the Electoral Officer to get your voting papers.

If you are overseas, you can still take part in the elections.  Just make sure you’re correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address to get your voting papers. You cannot download voting papers for a local election.

Non-residential ratepayer roll – If you own a property in the Hastings District, but usually live outside this area, you can apply to go on the ratepayer roll.  You can then vote in the area where you pay rates, and the area where you live. Complete the 2022 Ratepayer Elector Enrolment Form online here or download a copy of the form here.


Voting papers for the local elections will be sent by mail to all eligible voters (on the electoral roll) from Friday, 16 September 2022.

Voting will start on Friday, 16 September 2022 and close at 12noon on Saturday, 8 October 2022. 

If you are returning your voting paper by mail, you must post your voting paper in a NZ Post box before Tuesday, 4 October to reach the electoral officer before close of voting on 8 October 2022.

You can also drop your completed voting paper into a ballot box at the Civic Administration Building, 207 Lyndon Road East, Hastings or the Libraries at Flaxmere, Hastings and Havelock North. 

If you do not receive a voting paper in the mail, or spoil your voting paper, contact the electoral officer and ask about doing a special vote.

Council adopted a Final Proposal for the representation structure for Hastings District Council for the 2022 local elections on 14 October 2021. This proposal was referred to the Local Government Commission which hears all appeals to representation review decisions. The Hastings District Council proposal was heard on 18 February 2022. On 6 April 2022, the Local Government Commission confirmed Council’s representation arrangement. Therefore, for the 2022 elections the following representation structure will apply for the Hastings District:

1 Mayor elected by all electors of the Hastings District and 15 councillors in total, including:

12 general ward councillors elected by ward:

1 councillor for the Flaxmere Ward
7 councillors for the Hastings/Havelock North Ward
2 councillors for the Heretaunga Ward
1 councillor for the Kahurānaki Ward
1 councillor for the Mōhaka Ward

3 Māori ward councillors elected by ward (Takitimu Ward). (The Takitimu Ward covers the entire Hastings District.)

One Community Board – the Hastings District Rural Community Board - elected by all eligible electors in the relevant subdivision:

1 member for the Kaweka Subdivision
1 member for the Maraekākaho Subdivision
1 member for the Poukawa Subdivision
1 member for the Tūtira Subdivision, and
3 Council appointees (Kahurānaki Ward Councillor, Mōhaka Ward Councillor and 1 Takitimu Ward Councillor).

Voters on the general roll will be able to vote for the mayor and candidate/s for the general ward in which they reside/are enrolled to vote. Voters on the Hastings District Council general roll will also be able to vote for candidates for the HB Regional Council general constituencies: either 3 candidates for the Heretaunga-Hastings Constituency or 1 candidate for the Ngaruroro Constituency.

Voters on the Māori roll will be able to vote for the mayor and 3 candidates for the Takitimu ward.  Voters on the Hastings District Council Māori roll will also be able to vote for candidates for the HB Regional Council Māori constituencies: either 1 candidate for the Māui ki te Raki Māori Constituency or 1 candidate for the Māui ki te Tonga Māori Constituency.

All eligible voters residing in the relevant Rural Community Board Subdivision will be able to vote for one candidate for the Hastings District Rural Community Board.

All eligible voters residing in the Flaxmere Licensing Trust area will be able to vote for candidates for the Flaxmere Licensing Trust.

Special Votes can be made in the voting period under particular circumstances. Grounds for Special Votes include:

  • Your name is not included on the printed roll used for this election or has been wrongly deleted from that roll.  
  • The address shown alongside your name on the printed roll is out of date, and you have been living continuously for one month or more at your new residential address which is in a different ward/community/constituency.
  • You have spoilt, lost or not received your ordinary voting documents.
  • You are on the unpublished roll.
  • You enrolled as an elector after the printed roll closed.
  • You have satisfied the Electoral Officer that it will not be possible or practicable for you to vote by casting an ordinary vote without incurring hardship or undue inconvenience. (For example you are going to be overseas during the voting period.)

Special voting will be available at the Council’s Civic Administration Building at 207 Lyndon Road East, Hastings during the voting period 16 September to 12pm on Saturday 8 October. (Other special voting opportunities will be publicly notified closer to the time.) 

You will be able to either pick up your special voting pack from us, or we can post it out to you.  However, the completed voting papers and statutory declaration must be received by the Electoral Officer in the envelopes supplied before the close of voting.

You can find more resources for voters and teachers on the Vote Local website.


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