VOTING OPEN Friday 16 September to noon Saturday 8 October 2022
You can vote in the Local Elections 2022 between Friday 16 September and noon Saturday 8 October.
This election is run as a postal vote, and you should receive your voting papers and candidate profile booklet in your mailbox from Friday 16 September.
Where to vote
You can drop your voting papers into any NZ Post Box or into the Vote bins at any of these locations:
- Masterton District Council office at 27 Lincoln Road, Masterton
- Masterton District Library, Queen Street, Masterton
- Mitre10 Mega, Ngaumutawa Road, Masterton
What you’re voting for
This year, we are looking for eight councillors and one Mayor.
You will be voting for:
- our Mayor (any registered voter can vote for the Mayor)
- three At-large councillors (any registered voter can vote for candidates who stand At-large)
- four General Ward councillors (if you are on the General Electoral Roll only)
Voting will close at 12 noon on 8 October 2022. This is your chance to shape your council for the next three years and make sure your voice is represented at the council table.
Didn’t get voting papers in your mailbox by 21 September?
No worries. You can cast a ‘special vote’. You may need to do this if you:
- didn’t receive your voting forms in your letterbox
- lost or damaged your voting forms
- enrolled or updated your details on the Electoral Roll after 12 August 2022
- are on the unpublished (confidential) Electoral Roll.
- have been living at a new address for a month or more, or your enrolled address is out of date.
Find out more about casting a special vote on our Information for Voters page.
Check how we’re tracking on the Daily Returns page of the Electionz.nz website.
Key dates for the 2022 local election
Ngā rā whakahirahira mō te kōwhiringa pōti ā-rohe 2022
Now is the right time to make sure you’re enrolled to vote and get your vote in!
If you’re not sure if you’re enrolled or your details have changed, check or update your details online, or call 0800 36 76 56.
Voting will be open from Friday 16 September and closes at noon on Saturday 8 October 2022.
What’s different for local elections in 2022?
A few things have changed for voters in Masterton since the last local elections:
- We’ve reduced the number of councillors from ten to eight as part of our Representation Review.
- We’ve introduced one district-wide Māori ward and a district-wide General ward in this election.
What is a Māori Ward?
Māori wards are a way for councils to achieve better representation of Māori members of their communities in council decision-making, and make sure Māori issues are much more visible within council thinking and processes. Only people enrolled on the Māori electoral roll for the 2022 elections will vote for and be represented by candidates standing in a Māori Ward. Māori wards sit alongside the general wards.
Who can I vote for?
You can only vote for candidates in the ward you are enrolled in (General or Māori), but everyone can vote for the Mayor and any candidates who stand At-large – no matter which electroal roll you are part of.
You can check which roll you are on by visiting the Electoral Commission website vote.nz The Electoral Roll is used for both local government elections and central government elections. If you are of Māori descent, you can enrol in either the General or the Māori electoral rolls. If you are not of Māori descent, you can only enrol on the General Electoral Roll.
Do Māori ward councillors only represent Māori
Yes, but all councillors, including the Māori Ward councillor, have to make decisions based on best interests of the whole Masterton community.
Why do we have a Māori ward when we already have Iwi representatives?
Our district benefits from the knowledge and expertise of our Iwi representatives however these appointed members do not have a vote at Council.
The option of Māori wards was developed by parliament to enhance the role of all Māori in local government. One of the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 is to facilitate participation by Māori in local authority decision-making processes.
Some useful terms
Means electors from across the whole of the authority area vote for their preferred candidates, regardless of where they live or what electoral roll they are on. The mayor is always elected at-large. The term at-large is used where there are no wards. Councils can have mixed arrangements with Wards and At Large.
Councils are elected bodies that enable democratic decision-making by and for local communities. Councils make decisions about local issues and services, having regard to local needs and priorities, recognising that not all communities are the same, nor do they have the same issues. The district of Masterton is represented by Masterton District Council (MDC). Council has the same meaning as local authority and territorial authority.
Every Council is to consist of not fewer than 5 councillors and no more than 29 councillors. Councillors are elected to represent their communities for three-year terms. There is no limit on the number of terms they may serve. There is no specific job description for councillors. However, as representatives and leaders of their communities, their role involves setting policies, making regulatory decisions and reviewing council performance.
Councils must ensure effective representation of communities of interest. Achieving effective representation requires identifying communities of interest that are geographically distinct or that may be spread across the district. As far as practicable, the following further factors need to be considered when determining effective representation for the local authority:
- avoiding arrangements that may create barriers to participation, for example, not recognising residents’ familiarity and identity with an area during elections
- not splitting recognised communities of interest between electoral subdivisions
- not grouping together two or more communities of interest that have few common interests
- accessibility, size, and configuration of an area, including: the population’s reasonable access to its elected members and vice versa; and the elected members ability to effectively represent the views of their electoral areaand provide reasonably even representation across the area.
Fair representation of communities of interest means that membership of wards is required to provide approximate population equality per member, that is, all votes are of approximately equal value.
In relation to the district of a territorial authority, means every ward of the district that is not a Māori ward. Electors registered on the General Electoral Roll will vote in the general ward.
If a community is identified as having a strong overlap of their perceptual, functional, and political community of interest and they are located within a discrete geographic area, a geographic ward or constituency with defined boundaries within the territorial authority limits may be established as long as the +/- 10% rule which ensures a fair ratio of councillors to population between wards can be applied. Alternatively, to offer fair and effective representation if a community is significantly isolated, a geographic ward with defined boundaries within the territorial authority limits may be established.
Local Government Commission
The Local Government Commission is an independent body established by legislation. Its members are appointed by the Minister of Local Government. The Commission’s role and functions are also established by legislation.
The Local Government Commission has a general role of promoting good local government in New Zealand. In part, this is achieved by the functions of:
- providing information about local government
- promoting good practice relating to a local authority or to local government generally
The Commission also has specific functions to consider, including:
- appeals and objections against final local authority representation review proposals and also proposals not complying with statutory fair representation requirements (the ‘+/- 10% rule’).
- appeals against a territorial authority decision not to constitute communities and community boards
Means a Māori ward created in accordance with Schedule 1A of the Local Electoral Act 2001. In relation to the district of a territorial authority, means every ward of the district that is not a General ward. Electors registered on the Māori Electoral Roll will vote in the Māori ward. Ward Means a ward established under the Local Electoral Act and resulting from the division, for electoral purposes, of the district of a territorial authority.
Means a ward established under the Local Electoral Act and resulting from the division, for electoral purposes, of the district of a territorial authority.