2019 Local Elections    

Elections for the Queenstown Lakes District Council (Mayor, Councillors and Wanaka Community Board), Otago Regional Council and Southern District Health Board are held every three years on the second Saturday in October.  The next elections will be held on 12 October 2019.

The elections will be held by postal vote.  The Queenstown Lakes District Council and Otago Regional Council elections will be held under the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system.  The Southern District Health Board election will be held under the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system. 

Key dates for the 2019 local elections are:

Friday 19 July 2019
Nominations open; Electoral Roll is open for inspection
Friday 16 August 2019
Nominations close at 12.00 noon; Electoral Roll closes
Friday, 20 September 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019

Delivery of voting documents. If voting documents do not arrive during this period, a special vote is available.  Special votes can be made in person at the Queenstown Office at 10 Gorge Road or the Wanaka Office at 47 Ardmore Street. 

Papers can also be posted to voters by telephoning (03) 441 0499.

Saturday, 12 October 2019
Election Day. Voting closes at 12.00 noon

Ratepayer Voters

If you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another then you may qualify to enrol on the ratepayer electoral roll.  If you wish to enrol as a ratepayer elector please complete and return this enrolment form to the Electoral Officer. 

Please note that if you are on the Parliamentary electoral roll you will automatically be on the local authority residential electoral roll.


2017 Wanaka Community Board By-election

The final result for the by-election that closed on Friday 3 November 2017 can be accessed by clicking here.


Queenstown Lakes District Council: Wanaka Ward By-Election

The final result of the Wanaka Ward by-election can be accessed by clicking here

2016 Local body elections

The 2016 Local Body Election has been completed and the final results are available below.

Information about the rate at which votes were return is available below.

Candidates are required to provide a return of their electoral donations and expenses.

Pre-election Report 2016

View the 2016 Pre-election report here

Contact the Electoral Officer

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

Election signage policy [PDF 21.3KB]