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It's not too late to vote in the local elections

04 October 2019

There are eight days left to vote in the elections for Mayor, Councillors, Community Board Members and the Coromandel's representative on the Waikato Regional Council. Voting closes at noon on 12 October.

Local Elections 2019 poster

If you've got your voting papers, fill them out and drop them off at any of our Council service centres or post them using the post-paid envelope included in your voting pack.

NZ Post has told us today that 126 voting packs destined for Thames didn't reach their destination. These voting packs are getting priority treatment to be delivered. 

The streets affected are parts of:

  • Ensor Street
  • Centennial Avenue
  • Margaret Place
  • Burke Street
  • Tararu Road
  • Kuranui Street
  • Fergusson Drive

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused people at these addresses.

I'm a registered voter but my voting papers haven't arrived! What do I do?

If you haven't received your voting pack, come into any of our Council service centres and we'll sort you out with a special vote.

Or, phone our elections office on 0800 922 822.

Not registered to vote? 

If you're eligible to vote but haven't registered, it's not too late.

Apply to register:

  • At any NZ Post agency;
  • Phone 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 36 76 56); or,
  • Do it online on the Electoral Commission website

THEN, get a special vote, as above.

After this weekend though, please hand deliver your votes to one of our Council service centres instead of using the post. Votes mailed after 8 October probably won't be delivered on time to be counted. 

All four of our Council service centres will be open from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday 12 October so people can vote.

Where can I find information on the candidates?

Not sure who to vote for?

Each voting pack contains a booklet with candidates' statements. Or, you can see them on our website at Click on each candidate's name to see their statement. 

We’ve also published candidate contact details on our website at if you wish to contact candidates directly. Not every candidate chose to supply contact details – it was optional.

Please note, David Foreman has unofficially withdrawn his nomination for the Coromandel-Colville Community Board but will still appear on your voting papers.

From now until voting closes we're publishing daily voter returns on our website at, so you can see how many people in the district, and in each community board have voted.

As of today, 6450 people have voted, that's 26.91% of electors. The highest turnout has been in Coromandel-Colville Community Board area where 33.8% of voters have voted. The lowest turnout is in Thames Community Board area where 23% of electors have voted.

Election results

There won’t be an election for the Tairua-Community Board because the four candidates are unopposed. They are:

  • Warwick Brooks
  • Barry Swindles
  • Anne Stewart Ball
  • Chris New

Progress results will be released soon after the close of voting, around 2pm on Saturday 12 October.

Preliminary results will be released the following morning.

Final results will be released on the afternoon of 17 October.

Our current elected members remain in office until the day after the declaration of final results is publicly notified. This official notification will be published in the Waikato Times, likely on 19 October, although issues such as recounts could affect this timing.

The new term’s elected members cannot act in their roles until they are sworn in on 31 October.

For more information on the elections, go to our website