Vote Day 5 October 2019
Whanganui District Council vote
Whanganui District Health Board vote
- The electoral system to be used – do you want to elect candidates using the First Past the Post electoral system, or the Single Transferable Vote system? This vote is binding.
- The basis of election – do you want to elect candidates based on a ward system, or do you want them to stand 'at large' (across the whole district)? This vote is non-binding
- The number of councillors - do you want to keep the number of Whanganui district councillors at 12, or do you want to reduce the number to 10? This vote is non-binding.
1. Electoral system
3. Number of councillors
The Local Electoral Act states that the governing body of a territorial authority (such as Whanganui District) should be between six and 30 members – including the Mayor. This means we can have between 5 and 29 councillors.
The pool of money for salaries, which is set by the Remuneration Authority, remains the same, regardless of the number elected to the Council – it is just to be divided between the members. So, if there are more members, they each receive less. If there are fewer members, they each receive more.
There could be some minor administrative cost savings if there were fewer members.
How do I vote?
Local elections are run as a postal vote. You should get your voting forms in your letterbox between 20-25 September 2019.
Find a post box near you →
You can also drop your envelope to the Council Customer Services at 101 Guyton Street, Monday-Friday, 8.00am–5.00pm, or come down to one of our voting stations on Vote Day, Saturday, 5 October 2019. On this day there will be ballot boxes at key sites around town – check the Council Facebook page for the latest.
If you haven't made it to a post box by Monday, 7 October, bring your voting envelope in person to Council Customer Services to ensure it is received in time.
Voting closes at 12 noon Saturday, 12 October.