Local Authority Elections 2016

Elections for all local authorities in New Zealand are held on the second Saturday in October, every three years; the 2016 elections will be held on Saturday, 8 October.

The postal voting method is used for the Invercargill and Bluff elections: voting papers and candidate information are posted to everyone enrolled to vote and you return your voting paper by post or drop it into Council during the voting period (no later than noon on Election Day).

Elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.


2016 Pre-Election Report

Timing and preparation of the 2016 Pre-Election Report is a mandatory requirement and its purpose is to provide information about the issues facing Invercargill City Council.

The aim is to promote informed public discussion before the o the upcoming Local Authority Election.

The Pre-Election Report focuses on the financial performance over the past three years and for the next three years, based on current plans. The Council’s current financial position is included and the key spending issues over the coming years are highlighted.


2016 Candidate Information Pack

If you’re interested in standing, a Candidate Information Pack containing detailed information to help during the election period is available; visit the Standing as a Candidate page to print a copy of handbook or, for more information, contact:



13 July 2016: Public Notice of Election.

15 July 2016: Nominations open for candidates. Nominations have to be sent to the Electoral Officer for the Invercargill City Council, Bluff Community Board, Environment Southland, or Invercargill Licensing Trust. Rolls open for inspection at Council offices and other sites locally.

12 August 2016: Nominations close noon. Rolls close. After this date, anyone who is entitled to vote and who is not enrolled as an elector, or whose details are incorrectly recorded on the roll, will have to cast a `special vote’.

17 August 2016: Election date and candidates’ names publicised by Electoral Officers.

16-21 September 2016: Voting documents delivered to households. Electors can post the documents back to Electoral Officers as soon as they have voted.

Saturday, 8 October 2016: Election day. Voting documents must be at the Council before voting closes at noon. Preliminary results (i.e. once all ‘ordinary’ votes are counted) will be available as soon as possible .

12 October 2016 (or as soon as practicable): Official results (including all valid ordinary and special votes) declared.