Council conducts triennial elections every three years. We are currently in the 2016-2019 triennium. The next elections for South Waikato District Council will be held in October 2019. If you are interested in standing for Council it is advisable to attend one or several Council meeting(s) to get a feel for what being an elected member is and the work that Council does. The relevant dates can be found here.
Keep an eye on this page - in July 2019, detailed information about standing for election will be available.
If you have questions you can contact our Electoral Officer here.
Council decision - First Past the Post
Council recently made a decision about the voting system we will be using for the 2019 Local Elections. There are two voting systems available to us in New Zealand - First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Vote (STV). Council has resolved to remain with FPP - a decision that went unchallenged by our community.
What is First Past the Post (FPP)?
Under the FPP electoral system, the candidate with the most votes wins. This is a very simple method of electing candidates and is widely used throughout the world.
What is Single Transferable Vote (STV)?
Under a STV electoral system, voters rank candidates in their order of preference. A good example to consider is an election to select three councillors for a ward in a council election. Under STV, you would write '1' next to the name of your favourite candidate, '2' next to your second favourite candidate and so on. STV means that you have one vote, but can indicate your preferences for all the candidates. Your vote can be transferred if your most preferred candidate is so popular they don't need all their votes to get in or is not popular at all with other voters.
More detail on FPP and STV can be found here.
Election FINAL Results for 2016-19 Triennium
The FINAL result for the South Waikato District Council elections which closed Saturday 8 October at 12noon is below.
|GALLAGHER, Jarrad ||246|
|Blank voting papers||97|
|JENNY SHATTOCK is declared ELECTED|||
Tirau Ward (1 vacancy)
|KEESING, Derek ||111|
|Blank voting papers||14|
|PETER SCHULTE is declared ELECTED|||
Putaruru Ward (3 vacancies)
|VAN ROOIJEN, Herman||1,079|
|O'CONNOR, Rachel Rahera||282|
|Blank voting papers||37|
|GRAY BALDWIN, HERMAN VAN ROOIJEN AND ADRIENNE BELL are declared ELECTED |
Tokoroa Ward (6 vacancies)
|MACHEN, William (Bill)||2,279|
|GLUCINA, Marin James||1,715|
|WAINE, David ||600|
|EGERTON, Kim Nigel||365|
|Blank voting papers||42|
|BILL MACHEN, JEFF GASH, ARAMA NGAPO-LIPSCOMBE, THOMAS LEE, MARIN GLUCINA AND WENDY COOK are declared ELECTED |
Tirau Community Board (4 vacancies)
|Blank voting papers||23|
|CASSANDRA ROBINSON, DEREK KEESING, CLIVE COLLINGWOOD AND SHARON BURLING-CLARIDGE are declared ELECTED |
Return of Electoral Donations and Expenses
2016-19 Election period data
2013-2016 Election period data
The 2013 election expenses are here.