For all media enquiries relating to the local authority elections please contact:

Helen Mexted
Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy                      
029 924 1221        

Joe Dawson
Communications Advisor
022 524 1217        



Media Advisory 

This advisory outlines Local Government New Zealand’s process for providing information as voting in the 2016 local elections closes on Saturday.

Close of local authority elections 

  • Voting officially closes at midday on Saturday, 8 October.
  • To ensure postal votes are received by the relevant councils in time they should be posted by the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday 5 October.
  • Papers can still be returned to councils directly until midday on Saturday – check with your local council for where they can be returned.

Reporting information available on Saturday and early next week

  • For individual council results check the relevant council’s website, or visit which has data for 41 councils.
  • As with the 2013 election, LGNZ will be monitoring and recording preliminary turnout information as it comes in.
  • This will include for individual councils, and turnout numbers for national, metro, regional and provincial results, and comparisons with the last two elections.
  • Further information and analysis on voter turnout will be available next week.
  • Find information at

LGNZ contacts on polling day

  • Deputy Chief Executive Advocacy Helen Mexted, or 029 924 1221.
  • Communications Advisor Joe Dawson, or 022 524 1217.
  • Chief Executive Malcolm Alexander will be available for comment on Saturday – please call to arrange an interview.

See below for a record of our media releases to date on the local elections.  Please feel free to use any of the information or comments in these releases in your reporting up to and after the elections.


Useful tools and guidelines

Media releases

Lift in voter turnout provides good foundation for future engagement

Time running out to have your say: Vote now!

Don't run out of time, vote early on 'Vote Day'

Voting to open for 2016 local government elections

Kids voting involves next generation

Big contests across New Zealand as elections loom

Enrolment push for Kiwi voters

Nominations open for local council elections

Schoolchildren to ‘vote’ in local council elections

Local council candidates urged to come forward early

Local government Vote2016 campaign gains major partners

Online voting trial decision – a lost opportunity for communities

Vote2016 highlights the important issues that matter to New Zealanders

A new campaign to increase voter turnout at the 2016 Local Authority Elections