VOTE 2019 – Local Body Elections

Masterton District Council makes decisions that impact your everyday life; the footpaths you walk on, the roads where you drive, the water in your shower and the parks, libraries and swimming pool where you take the kids. It’s also about culture, sports events and economic, environmental, social and cultural development.

We live in a democracy with the freedom to choose who makes the decisions about our towns. This October is YOUR CHANCE to have your say and vote for who you want representing your views at the Council table.

See whose standing for Mayor, Council, the Wairarapa DHB and community trusts here.

All the info you need about the elections is below, including key dates not to miss to make sure your vote counts.


Nominations for local government candidates open 19th July and close 12noon 16th August.

Deciding to stand for local Council is a big decision. Find out more about what’s involved or download the Candidate Handbook.


Masterton District Council AT LARGE

Masterton District Council MAYOR

Masterton Community Trust

Montfort Trimble Foundation

Masterton Trust Lands Trust

Wairarapa District Health Board

Specific information about standing as a candidate for the Wairarapa DHB can be found here.


Voting is an easy three-step process.

  1. Enrol at Enrol before Friday 16th August to have your voting papers posted to you.
  2. Fill out your voting papers that arrive in the post; tick the candidates you want to be on the Masterton District Council. You can tick up to 10 names for Councillors, plus another tick for who you want to be Mayor. If you only want to vote for one person, just tick their name.
  3. Post your completed papers using the prepaid envelope provided or drop it into the Council office at 161 Queen Street. Voting papers need to be posted before Saturday 5th October or dropped into Council before 12 noon 12th October

Note: If you missed the cut-off date for enrolments, you can still vote by visiting one of the special voting locations that will be listed on this page from September 1. A special vote can also be made if you are on the unpublished roll, you haven’t received voting papers after Wednesday 25 September, you will be away during the voting period or you have spoiled or damaged your voting papers.

If you pay rates on property within the council area but live outside that area you may be eligible to enroll as a ratepayer elector. Download a copy of the ratepayer enrolment form hereOpen this document with ReadSpeaker docReader.


Key dates for the 2019 elections are:

From 17 July – Elections will be advertised and nominations called

19 July – Nominations open

16 August – Nominations close at midday

16 August – Enrolments close. People whose enrolment papers have not been received by this date will need to cast a special vote.

20 September – Voter packs mailed to electors. Voting opens.

5th October – Voting papers need to be posted to ensure they’re received by 12th October.

12 October – Voting closes at midday. Progress result asap thereafter.

By 17 October – Official result released

From 17 October – Official result advertised.

Warwick Lampp

Electoral Officer

Ph 0800 398 683 or email [email protected]