Elections for the Queenstown Lakes District Council (Mayor and Councillors and Wanaka Community Board), Otago Regional Council and Central Otago Health (Wanaka ward) are held every three years on the second Saturday in October.  The next election will be held on 8 October 2016.  It will be held by postal vote and conducted under the First Past the Post system. 

The election will be for:

  • 1 Mayor of the Queenstown Lakes District (district wide)
  • 6 councillors to represent the Queenstown/Wakatipu Ward
  • 1 councillor to represent the Arrowtown Ward
  • 3 councillors to represent the Wanaka Ward
  • 4 members of the Wanaka Community Board 
  • 3 members of the Dunstan Constituency of the Otago Regional Council
  • 1 members of Central Otago Health (Wanaka ward only)

Ratepayer Enrolments

If you live and vote in one council district, but also pay rates on a property in the Queenstown Lakes District then you may qualify to enrol as a non-residential ratepayer elector.  Joint partners, trusts and companies may nominate one member to vote on its behalf provided that the nominated person and the nominator are registered as Parliamentary electors at addresses which are outside the Queenstown Lakes District. 

If you wish to enrol as a ratepayer elector please complete and return the enrolment form below to the Electoral Officer. 

People who are already included on the ratepayer roll will be contacted by the Council by letter between 2 March and 30 April 2016.  To confirm continued inclusion on the ratepayer roll, you must sign this letter and return it to the Council. 

Please note that only one ratepayer elector can be nominated, irrespective of the number of properties a firm, company, trust, partnership or ratepayer owns in the district.

Can I vote? 

If you live permanently in the Queenstown Lakes District and are enrolled to vote as a Parliamentary elector, you will automatically be included on the Queenstown Lakes District electoral roll.   An enrolment update pack will be posted to all enrolled electors before the election and you can update your personal enrolment details then.  You can also check and update your details or enrol at any time at www.elections.org.nz or at any NZ Post Shop.  The Queenstown Lakes District Electoral Roll will be open for inspection from 15 July 2016 and updates can be made until 12 August 2016.  After this date, if you are not enrolled you will need to make a Special Vote. 

Can I stand for election? 

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must:

  • be over 18 years of age, and
  • be enrolled as a Parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand, and
  • be a New Zealand Citizen


  • You cannot stand for election to both Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Otago Regional Council
  • You cannot stand for election to more than one ward within the Queenstown Lakes District Council


  • Candidates do not need to live in the ward they wish to represent but they must be nominated by two people who are on the electoral roll in that ward. The nomination form must contain both signatures.  Candidates cannot nominate themselves.
  • Candidates must supply a $200 deposit for the nomination to be accepted.
  • Candidates can supply a candidate profile statement and photograph for insertion into the Candidate Profile Booklet.  This must be supplied at the same time as the nomination is lodged. 

Nomination forms and Candidate Information Packs will be available from the Council offices and this website in July.

Contact the Electoral Officer

Any questions about the election can be directed to Jane Robertson, Electoral Officer, telephone (03) 441 0499 or email jane.robertson@qldc.govt.nz

2013 Triennial General Election

Click here for the final results of the 2013 election.

Click here for data on the rate at which votes were returned.

Click here for candidate returns of electoral donations and expenses.