Voting has opened

  • Voting has started! It opened on Friday 16 September and runs through to 12pm on Saturday 8 October.
  • You can vote for the Mayor of Invercargill, 12 for Council, 5 for the Bluff Community Board, 6 for the Invercargill Licensing Trust and 6 for the Regional Council.
  • As a reminder at the close of nominations on 12 August 2022 we received 10 Nominations for Mayor, 34 for Council, 11 for the Bluff Community Board and 12 for the Invercargill Licensing Trust.
  • Congratulations to all of those nominated.
View nominated candidates here


How to vote

Our elections are postal which means from 16 September you will receive your voting papers in the mail.

You can complete the form and put it into any post box (click here to find your nearest post box) before Monday 3 October or simply drop it into one of our Locations:

  • Civic Administration Building
    101 Esk Street, Invercargill
    Open 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
  • Invercargill Public Library
    50 Dee Street, Invercargill
    Open 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm Weekends.
  • Bluff Service Centre
    98 Gore Street, Bluff
  • Vote Murihiku Elections Hub
    Invercargill Central Mall, Esk Street, Invercargill (next to Farmers)
    Open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 2pm on Saturdays


Special Votes

A Special vote is where you need to do a vote that is not posted to you.

These are where you might have enrolled after the Roll closed or have moved, did not receive your voting documents or you are on the unpublished roll.

In that case you will need to come into see the elections team at the Civic Administration Building, the Bluff Service Centre, or the Elections Hub on Esk Street.

We can also issue Special votes for Southland and Gore District Council elections at the Elections Hub.

We can also post your special votes out to you but it is your job to ensure they get back to us by 12pm on 8 October 2022. Please email: Michael.Morris@icc.govt.nz


Post boxes


After 3 October you will need to deliver your vote to us at the locations above – there will be an afterhours slot at the Civic Administration Building if you want to drop off your completed vote.


Not enrolled yet?

Not enrolled yet? You still have time.

The Electoral Commission looks after enrolments for voting.

If you are uncertain if you are enrolled, have recently turned 18, become a Resident or moved you may want to check if you are enrolled and get enrolled!

You can also ring the Electoral Commission, anytime, on 0800 36 76 56Or- you can contact us and we can post out a form for you to fill in and return to the Electoral Commission- it is even free postage.

Once you have done this you can complete a Special Vote with us.

If you need help contacting the Electoral Commission get in touch with our Elections team.


Daily returns

Visit Electionz to see the current daily returns. Please note: Special votes are not counted in these numbers.


Contacting candidates

Are you looking to hold a Candidate event or simply seeking to make contact with a Candidate?

Visit the electionz.com where you can find the contact details for the 2022 election candidates:


Mayoral debate

The Southland Business Chamber hosted a Mayoral Debate on Wednesday 14 September. You can watch the archived livestream below:


Key dates

22 JUN

Candidates briefing session


Pre-election period

15 JUL

Nominations open

12 AUG

Nominations close

16 SEP

Voting opens


Election day


Electoral Boundaries

Trying to work out what you can vote in for these elections- with four Councils, Community Boards and Licensing Trusts it can be confusing.

Use our interactive map to learn what you will be voting for in these upcoming elections.

Electoral Boundaries Map


This works for any address in Southland so if you live Invercargill and own property in Riverton you can see what you can vote in both Invercargill and Riverton, and if you live in Winton and own property in Gore you can see what you can vote for in Winton and Gore.

Now you know what you are voting you it is up to you to work out who you are voting for.


Pre-Election Report

📊 Learn about the key issues facing our incoming Council


Election Protocols

With the Local Government elections fast approaching, Council issues two Protocols to help guide Staff and Elected members who are seeking re-election during the Election period.

With the nomination process now over, all candidates are able to erect their signs (also known as Hoardings) in the City. The Resource Consent can be seen here.


Share your thoughts

🗩 Visit Let’s Talk to share your thoughts on what’s important to you


Ratepayers Electors Enrolments

Do you own property in another Council district? If so you might be eligible to become a Ratepayer Elector. Click here to learn more.


Voting System for 2022

Council has resolved at the Performance, Policy and Partnership Committee meeting on 11 August 2020 to retain First Past the Post (FPP) as its electoral system for the 2022 triennial elections.


Electoral Officer Contact Details

The Electoral Officer is responsible for the conduct of the election.

Anthony Morton
Electoral Officer
Phone: 0800 666 048
Email: iro@electionz.com

Michael Morris
Deputy Electoral Officer
Phone: 03 211 8396
Email michael.morris@icc.govt.nz