Make sure you're enrolled to vote.  You can vote in the local elections if you’re on the electoral roll and live in the Bay of Plenty region or own property here.

If you live outside of the Bay of Plenty but own property here, you are also eligible to vote. Check your postal address to make sure you receive your voting papers.

Not enrolled? Not sure? Check your enrolment details or find out how to enrol on the Electoral Commission website.

Voting starts from Friday 16 September 2022 and ends at 12 noon on 8 October 2022.

Why you should vote

Voting in the local body elections means you’re having your say on the future of your region.

Democracy is at its best when voices of the people are heard.

It's important for voters to pay attention to local elections and to take the time to learn about the aspirations of candidates and their proposals.

There's no level of government in Aotearoa / New Zealand that is more directly involved in the day-to-day happenings within your regional community, than your regional council.

By voting in your local body elections, you are helping select the people who will make decisions for the Bay of Plenty for the next three years on the:

  • the rates you pay and the services and assets they pay for
  • the infrastructure we fund and maintain
  • having a say on how we monitor and protect our natural environment
  • how our public transport networks operate, including where the bus routes go and the frequency of buses on them
  • how we maintain and improve water quality across the region, in our rivers and streams, through working with landowners on more sustainlable land use
  • our work on flood defences and how we can adapt to some of the more significant effects of climate change
  • how we monitor air quality in the Bay of Plenty
  • the work we do to protect native biodiversity and biosecurity

You can learn more about the work we do at the regional council by looking at the different sections of this website.

Our Long Term Plan 2021-2031 is a great place to start.

Local elections are held every three years. Voting opens in this local body election on 16 September 2022.

You can vote if you are enrolled as a voter with the Electoral Commission.

See the Vote NZ website for more information about the Electoral Commission and voting.

How to vote

At this point in time, we are unable to run our local elections online.

If you are an enrolled voter, you'll get a voting information pack in the mail.

Voting papers will be sent to all eligible voters from Friday 16 September 2022 to Wednesday 21 September 2022.

To make sure your voting papers are sent to your current address, you need to have either enrolled or updated your address before Monday 12 September 2022. That is when the Electoral Officer certifies the final electoral roll.

If your voting pack does not arrive in the post – as you may have recently changed address or you are on the unpublished electoral roll – call the Electoral Office on 0800 666 048 and we will post you out a special vote.

If you live overseas, you can still take part in local elections.

Ensure you are correctly enrolled with your overseas postal address to receive your voting papers.

There will be a number of locations throughout the region.

We will publish further details closer to the time.

You should know:

You can't download voting papers for local elections.

If you are registered on the unpublished electoral roll, you will need to call the Electoral Office on 0800 666 048 to receive your voting papers.