Elections of members of local authorities are held once every three years, on the second Saturday in October. The next elections will be held this year on 12 October 2019.
Voting is by postal ballot with voting papers sent to voters from Friday 20 September. If you do not receive by Wednesday 25 September please contact Council on 07 895 818.
What are we voting for?
Eligible voters choose the Ruapehu District Council mayor and council representatives for the Taumarunui/Ohura, National Park and Waimarino-Waiouru Wards and Ruapehu's councillor on Horizons regional Council. They also choose elected representatives for the National Park and Waimarino-Waiouru Community Boards.
Why your vote matters
Council is responsible for local roads, drinking water, stormwater and wastewater systems, the Transfer Station and refuse management plus libraries, local parks and reserves, environmental health, building, animal control, compliance and other services.
As such, on a daily basis it is more than likely that Council has a greater impact on your life than central government in Wellington.
Voter enrolment and participation
Despite the Electoral Commission website showing that 82.88% of eligible Ruapehu voters were registered to vote at the last election in 2016 only 46.5% voted (NZ 42% average voter turnout).
One group where we would really like to see a big jump in voter participation is the 18-24 age group where we have only 55.24% of people enrolled.
Move to STV voting
This year the voting process will be by Single Transferable Vote (STV) rather than First Past the Post (FPP) as it has been in previous elections.
With STV instead of ticking the candidates you want to vote for, you number the candidates in order of preference by putting a "1" beside the candidate you like best, then a "2" beside your second choice, "3" by your third choice, and so on.
You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you like, however, if you do not want to see a particular candidate elected do not put any number by their name.
If you want to know more about how STV works there are plenty of videos on YouTube or see STV.govt.nz
|1 July||Electoral Commission enrolment campaign starts. Nomination documents available.|
|3 July||Candidate information evening in Ohakune, 6pm|
|4 July||Candidate information evening in Taumarunui, 6pm|
|12 July||Official 3 month election period starts.|
|17 July||Public notice of election|
|19 July||Nominations open for candidates. Rolls open for inspection at council offices.|
|1, 8, 15 August||Nomination days in Raetihi|
|16 Aug||Nominations close at 12 noon. Rolls close. After this date, anyone who is entitled to vote and who is not enrolled as an elector, or whose details are incorrectly recorded on the roll, will have to cast a ‘special vote’.|
|21 Aug||Election date and candidates’ names publicised by electoral officers.|
|20-25 Sept||Voting documents delivered to households. Note: Electors can post the documents back to electoral officers as soon as they have voted.|
|24 Sept, 1, 10 Oct||Special Votes in Raetihi|
|12 Oct||Polling day — The voting documents must be at the council before voting closes at 12 noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted) will be available as soon as possible afterwards.|
|17-23 Oct||Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.|