The 2019 Local Body elections will be held on 12 October 2019 for:

  • Election of Mayor
  • Election of 8 Councillors

The 2019 Local body elections include Chatham Islands Council, and the Canterbury District Health Board.

Key dates for the 2019 elections

Key dates What's happening
From 17 July Elections will be advertised and nominations called
19 July Nominations open
16 August Nominations close at midday
20 September Voter packs mailed to electors. Voting opens
12 October Voting closes at midday
17 October Official result released
From 17 October Official result advertised.

Information for candidates

Do you want to make a difference to the Chatham Islands? Local elections are happening soon and becoming a Chatham Islands councillor is a great way to help shape our region’s future.
If you are interested in standing as a candidate in this year’s Council elections read the candidate information booklet for the 2019 election [PDF, 1.3 MB].

Nomination forms

Nominations open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at 12 noon on Friday 16 August 2019. Read the information on completing and submitting your nomination on page 12 of the Candidate Information Booklet.

All nomination documents must be submitted at the same time (nomination paper, candidate profile statement, photo, proof of NZ citizenship and nomination deposit or evidence of payment.

Remember, a nomination will not be accepted if any components are missing. Make sure you get yours ready early so your nomination is received in time.

Find out who has been nominated(external link) for the Chatham Islands Council 2019 Triennial Elections.

Candidate information evening

We are also holding a candidate information evening that will cover how the council is structured, the role and responsibilities of elected representatives, the skills required, anticipated time commitments and meeting schedules and an overview of the nomination and election processes. The candidate information evening will be held on Tuesday 6 August 2019 at 5pm at the Council office.

For further information please contact Cindy Butt on (03) 3050 033.

If you are enrolled as a Parliamentary elector, you will automatically be placed on your district or city council’s electoral roll as a residential elector.

Are you enrolled and ready to vote?

If you need to enrol or update existing name or address details on the parliamentary electoral roll, you can do so at any Post Shop, online at by phoning 0800 36 76 56.

vote logo 2019Contact

Cindy Butt
Electoral Officer
PO Box 24, Waitangi, Chatham Islands 
(03) 3050 033 or  email

2016 election results