Elections for the Queenstown Lakes District Council (Mayor and Councillors and Wanaka Community Board), Otago Regional Council and Central Otago Health (Wanaka ward) will be held on 8 October 2016.  They 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)

Nomination forms for each of the positions being contested at the election are available below:

The Queenstown Lakes District Council’s candidate information booklet details the statutory requirements for candidacy and campaigning for any of the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s positions and is available by clicking here.

Click here for the Otago Regional Council candidate information booklet.

Click here for the Central Otago Health Inc candidate information booklet.

Election Nominees Nominator 1 Nominator 2  Candidate telephone Candidate email
None received as of 22/7/16        
Qtn/Wakatipu Ward (6 Seats)        
None received as of 22/7/16        
Wanaka Ward (3 Seats)         
None received as of 22/7/16        
Arrowtown Ward (1 Seat)        
Scott Reynal Stevens Matthew Paul Yates  Scott Robert Julian   021 664 553 scottstevens@xtra.co.nz 
Wanaka Community Board (4 Seats)        
None received as of 22/7/16        
Otago Regional Council Dunstan Constituency (3 Seats)        
None received as of 22/7/16        
Central Otago Health Inc (1 Seat)        
None received as of 22/7/16        


Can I stand for election? 

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

  • 18 years of age or over, 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. 

Nominations will open formally on Friday, 15 July and will close on Friday 12 August at 12 noon.  Nominations must be accompanied by the $200 deposit. If a candidate wishes to be included in the Candidate Information Book, the candidate profile statement and photograph must also be lodged at the time of submitting the nomination.

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. To be included on the final electoral roll (which will be used to send out the voting papers) your enrolment must be received by 12 August.  

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 has recently been posted to all enrolled electors and you can update your personal enrolment details using this. 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 is open for inspection from 15 July 2016 and updates can be made until 12 August 2016.  After this date, if you are not on the Electoral Role you will need to make a Special Vote. 

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

Pre-election Report

View the latest Pre-election report here

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.

Scott Reynal Stevens Matthew Paul Yates Scott Robert Julian 021 664 553 scottstevens@xtra.co.nz