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Why you should vote in the local elections

Make sure you have your say on issues affecting Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland and your local community by voting in the 2022 local elections.

You should know

If you haven't enrolled to vote or updated your address before 12 August 2022 you will not receive your voting documents in the post.  You can still enrol to vote but you will need to cast a special vote. See Where and how to cast a special vote.

Quick facts about the local elections

Local elections occur every three years by postal vote.

In Auckland, voters choose:

  • one mayor
  • 20 ward councillors
  • 149 local board members.

Elections for District Health Board members are no longer held due to the Ministry of Health reforms in 2021.

If you live in a licensing trust district, you can also vote for licensing trustees.

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

Why your vote is important

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 local community, than your council.

The mayor, councillors and local board members make decisions that have impact on many aspects of your life and your local community.

Watch a video about why you should vote


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Watch this video in New Zealand Sign Language

Vote to have a say on Tāmaki Makaurau /Auckland's future

Voting in the local elections is important if you want to have your say on what matters to you. We deliver many services to our communities across the Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland region such as:

  • the rates you pay and the services and assets they pay for
  • the city's economic recovery and investment for vital infrastructure
  • having a say on how we monitor and protect our natural environment
  • what cultural, family and sporting events take place near you
  • play spaces for children in your local parks
  • visiting libraries, recreation centres and pools or hiring a community hall
  • rules around where you can walk your dog
  • the quality of water from your tap and at your local beaches
  • city centre and local development and a thriving community
  • making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians around the city and region
  • a range of other services, like bus timetables, checking buildings are built properly, restaurant health rules, alcohol licences and public art.

The people you vote for will also decide on funding and maintenance of critical infrastructure that makes Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland a great place to live. Your vote can make a difference.

See How Auckland Council works to learn more about what elected members do.

Get ready to vote

Local authority elections are held every three years. Voting opens in this local body election on 16 September 2022 and closes at 12 noon on 8 October.

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

See How to enrol to vote for more information about the Electoral Commission and voting.

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