Local elections are held by postal vote. Once voting opens, New Zealand Post delivers voting papers to all enrolled voters.
When an election is underway, once received you should complete your voting document, seal it in the return postage-paid envelope and post or deliver it to the Electoral Officer. Locations for delivery will be published with elections information.
Anyone who is not able to complete a postal vote independently due to disability is invited to contact the Electoral Officer.
Voting papers for the Coastal ward councillor by-election have been mailed out to all enrolled Coastal electors from 16 September. If you don't receive any voting papers by 21 September, you can request a special vote. There are many reasons you could cast a special vote, including:
You will need to complete a statutory declaration when you cast a special vote. This is a legal requirement to protect voters against possible duplicate voting. The statutory declaration will be provided to the person casting a special vote, along with a special voting paper and candidate information booklet.
Special voting documents for the 2021 Coastal ward councillor by-election are now available.
A polling place for the issue of special voting documents and for the receipt of completed voting documents is available Monday to Friday at the following locations between Thursday 16 September 2021 and midday on Friday 8 October 2021:
All completed voting documents must be returned by midday on Friday 8 October 2021.
If you have any questions about special voting, please contact Electoral Officer Jo Daly on 03 941 8581 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are seven candidates contesting the by-election for the Coastal ward Council seat in the 2021 by-election.
Christchurch City Council has two decision-making parts: the Council and Community Boards.
During the local elections, you can vote for:
You can find your ward and community board on this map.
The term for elected members is three years.
The Council is made up of the Mayor and 16 Councillors. It makes decisions important to Christchurch as a whole.
All Christchurch voters elect the Mayor, while Councillors are elected by voters from the ward they represent.
Christchurch's seven community boards represent their individual areas and cover two to three wards.
Each community board has between six and nine members, elected by voters from the areas they represent.
Councillors are also members of the community board covering their ward.
Community boards make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities, and help build strong communities.
Kids voting gives young people aged 11 to 15 years (school years 7 to 10) the opportunity to experience an election first hand.
Students vote for real candidates on real issues and can see how their results compare to the official election results.