Menu

Elections

Local body elections are held every 3 years. The elections are held under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002. The last local body election was held in 2016, get the results from the last election (Link to election results section).

 

Running for Council                                             Voting
Election Results Election Donations and Expense Returns

Running for Council

 

One of the greatest ways you can contribute to the Masterton District is by serving on the Council. We encourage people from all parts of the community to consider running in the next election.

Qualifying as a Candidate for Council

 

District/Regional Council

To qualify as a candidate for election to a district or regional council, you must be:

  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • You do not have to live in the area or ward that you stand for, but you must be nominated by people who do live there.

Restrictions

You cannot stand for election to both the Masterton District Council (as Mayor or Councillor) and the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

You cannot stand for election to more than one ward or constituency of the same authority, but you can stand for Mayor and your preferred ward. For example, a candidate couldn’t stand for both the urban and rural wards, but could stand for Mayor and the urban ward.

You cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. However, this may be waived if, before standing, you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General.

If you are employed by a local authority and are elected as mayor or councillor of that local authority, you must resign as an employee before taking up the position as an elected member. The rules of an individual local authority may mean that an employee has to take leave of absence for campaigning purposes before the election.

If you’re employed by the police as a constable, authorised officer or supervisor, you must take leave of absence if you want to stand for election to a local authority. If elected, you would have to resign from the police.

 

Qualifying as a Candidate for Other Local Elections

 

If you are standing for a district health board or local Trust, you can also stand for mayor, the district council, or the regional council but you will be subject to the restrictions outlined above.

District Health Board (DHB)

To qualify as a candidate for election to a district health board, you must be:

  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand.
  • A New Zealand citizen.
  • Not disqualified by either clause 17, Schedule 2 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 or section 30(2)(a) to (f) Crown Entities Act 2004.

You can only stand for one district health board.

 

Masterton Trust Lands Trust

To qualify as a candidate for election to the Masterton Trust Lands Trust, you must be:

  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand (whether within or outside the Trust district).
  • A New Zealand citizen.

 

Masterton Community Trust

To qualify as a candidate for election to the Masterton Community Trust, you must be:

  • A resident of the Community Trust district.
  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand.
  • A New Zealand citizen.
  • Not disqualified from standing as a member of the Trust by any of the provisions of sections 322 and 376 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012.

Montfort Trimble Foundation

To qualify as a candidate for election to the Montfort Trimble Foundation, you must be:

  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector anywhere in New Zealand.
  • A New Zealand citizen.

 

Election Results

 

Council Election 2016

Download the 2016 Election results. (PDF, 63KB)

 

Montfort Trimble Foundation By-election

A By-election was held on Friday 17 February 2017 to fill one extraordinary vacancy on the Montfort Trimble Foundation.

The Montfort Trimble Foundation (the Foundation) is a charitable trust set up to promote public afforestation. The Foundation was established in 2004 and inherited a legacy of public afforestation from Dr Montfort Trimble. It is administered under the provisions of the Masterton District Council (Montfort Trimble Foundation) Act 2003, with Lands Trust Masterton acting as administrators of the Foundation.

Read the results online (PDF, 121KB)

Voting

 

To vote in a local body election, you need to be enrolled on either the residential or ratepayer electoral roll.

You are eligible to enrol on the residential roll if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older; and
  • Are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Have lived in New Zealand continuously, at any time, for one year or more; and
  • Have lived at your current address for more than one month.

You are eligible to enrol on the ratepayer roll if you:

  • Are a registered parliamentary elector; and
  • Are a non-resident ratepayer who has applied for enrolment on the ratepayer roll or, if you:
  • Are resident outside of Masterton district and have been nominated by a firm, company; corporation or society paying rates on a property in the Masterton district.

 

Residential Electoral Roll

All parliamentary electors are automatically enrolled on the local body residential electoral roll at the address where they live. You do not have to be a ratepayer to qualify for enrolment on the residential electoral roll.

You can change your address details on the residential electoral roll by:

 

Election Donations and Expense Returns

 

Antonio Mena

Brewster Christine

Caffell Gary

Cottle Ross

Dalziell John

Davidson Deborah

Garlick Siobhan

Goodwin Brent

Griffiths Lucy

Harris Mark

Hooker Jonathan

Hunt Keith

Jackson Andrea

Johnson Rebecca

Kershaw Jock

Laing Donna

Mailman Frazer

McAnulty Kieran

McClymont Graham

McKenzie Roddy

Nixon Tina

O’Donoghue Simon

Patterson Lyn

Peterson Chris

Quinn Richard

Southey Leanne

Southey Ray

Steer Ian

Taucher Karl

Taylor Jennifer