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Auckland Council Vote Auckland

Te whakamārama mō Te Kaunihera o Tāmaki Makaurau me ngā pōti ā-rohe

Auckland Council and local elections explained

This is a summary of key information about Auckland Council and how local elections work in other languages.

More detailed information is available on in English.

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What Auckland Council does

Auckland Council is the largest council in Australasia.

It makes all local government decisions and delivers many services to all communities across the Auckland region.

The council is responsible for many things that impact your daily life, such as:

  • the rates you pay and the services and assets they pay for
  • urban development and infrastructure investment (for public transport, housing)
  • climate response and the protection of our natural environment
  • cultural, family and sporting events
  • play spaces for children and local parks
  • libraries, recreation centres and pools, and community venues for hire
  • rules around where you can walk your dog
  • the quality of water from your tap and at your local beaches
  • making it safer for cyclists and pedestrians around the city and local centres
  • many other services, like bus timetables, checking buildings are built properly, restaurant health rules, alcohol licenses and public art.

How Auckland Council makes decisions

Our model of local government helps meet both regional and local needs and gives Auckland the resources it needs to grow and develop.

Decisions are shared between the Governing Body and local boards, each with their own areas of decision-making:

  • The Governing Body focuses on the big picture and on region-wide strategic decisions. It consists of the mayor and 20 councillors.
  • Local boards represent the communities in their area and make decisions on local issues, activities, and facilities.

Who elected members are

Elected members are voted in at the local election to represent Aucklanders.

They make decisions that shape the development of the Auckland region and build strong local communities.

The mayor

The mayor is elected by all Auckland voters and leads the Governing Body.


Twenty councillors are elected by voters to represent the 13 Auckland wards.

Wards are geographic areas defined by a sense of identity and belonging to a community, and the services provided for these communities.

Local board members

There are 21 local boards in Auckland Council and each has between five and nine members, elected by voters from the local areas they represent.

Each local board also elects a chairperson and a deputy chairperson.

Find the local board and ward that you will be voting in for the 2022 local elections.

(The link will require you to enter your home address in English)

What local elections are

Local elections are held every three years to choose the new elected members (mayor, councillors, and local board members) on the local council.

Voting in the local elections is how you can choose who those members will be and who will make decisions on your behalf on issues affecting Auckland and your local community.

Get ready to vote

Voting opens in this local election on 16 September 2022 and closes at 12 noon on 8 October.

You can vote in the local elections if:

  • you are over 18 years old; and
  • a NZ citizen or permanent resident; and
  • have lived in NZ for at least 12 months continuously.

You can vote in the Auckland local elections if you live in the Auckland region or own property here.

Enrol to vote and (the following link will take you to a page written in English) check or update your postal address to make sure you receive your voting papers.

Key dates for the 2022 local election

View the key dates for the local elections 2022.

  • Consider being a candidate

    1 October 2021 - 15 July 2022

  • Candidate nominations open

    15 July 2022

  • Candidate nominations close at 12 noon

    12 August 2022

  • Candidates announced

    17 August 2022

  • Final electoral roll certified by Electoral Officer

    12 September 2022

  • Voting papers sent to enrolled voters

    16 September - 21 September 2022

  • Voting opens

    16 September - 8 October 2022

  • Voting closes at 12 noon

    8 October 2022

  • Progress and preliminary results published

    8 October 2022

  • Final results announced

    14 October - 19 October 2022

How postal voting works

Current legislation states that local elections must be run by postal voting.

If you are an enrolled voter, you will get your voting documents in your letter box between 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(the following link will take you to a page written in English) updated your address before Monday 12 September 2022. That is when the Electoral Officer certifies the final electoral roll.

What to do if you don't receive your voting papers

If your voting pack does not arrive in the post – as you may have recently changed address or you might be on the unpublished electoral roll – call the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 and we will post out a special vote to you.

Where to drop off your voting papers

You can drop your voting papers into any New Zealand Post box and you do not need to pay for postage.

There will also be a number of locations throughout the city, including Auckland Council libraries and service centres and some supermarkets, where you will be able to drop off your voting papers up until 12 noon on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Just make sure you post your papers before Wednesday 5 October 2022, to make sure they arrive back to the Electoral Officer before the close of voting.

We will publish further details about these locations closer to the time.   

Information for candidates

Elected members come from diverse backgrounds and bring a range of different skills and experiences to the role.

You don't need any specific qualifications to become a candidate in the local elections.

You just need to be:

  • a New Zealand citizen; and
  • aged 18 years or older; and
  • enrolled on the electoral roll.

A day in the life of an elected member

Elected members play a varied role in the day-to-day running of our city.

As an elected member, you will:

  • help decide how Auckland's money is spent
  • make decisions that will help define the future for our communities
  • help businesses grow and prosper
  • decide how to meet the current and future needs for infrastructure, public services and regulations
  • help manage our assets, worth $42 billion.

On any given day, you may:

  • read and prepare for the upcoming week's meetings
  • vote in various decision-making meetings and committees
  • engage with the public to hear their views
  • attend events like public meetings, citizenship ceremonies, or the opening of a new park or cycleway
  • represent the council at community and cultural events like Matariki, Pasifika Festival, Chinese New Year, Diwali and the Auckland Pride festival
  • take part in community activities, like a working bee for a local stream regeneration project.

Skills and qualities that make a successful elected member

Key skills required to be successful as an elected member and represent the people of Auckland include:

  • Time commitment – you will often work outside of normal office hours and will need to be flexible and able to prioritise your time.
  • Commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi – knowledge of local iwi, tea o Maori and tikanga is an asset
  • Communication – you will often have to speak publicly at meetings and events and will need to confidently express your views and opinions
  • Tech savvy - a large part of the role involves technology, so you should know how to use email, MS Teams, a smartphone and a computer or tablet.
  • Strategic thinking and decision-making - you need to be able to balance conflicting views, consider the financial and long-term consequences of decisions, and keep an open mind when making decisions.
  • Relationship building - you need to build and maintain productive and respectful relationships with people from different cultures and disciplines, including community members and council employees.

Salary of an elected member

Elected members receive a salary that is fixed by an independent agency (the Remuneration Authority). The salary is based on the expected time and work commitment of the role, on the size of the area and number of constituents represented.

Local boards members work on average 12-24 hours a week and are paid between $28,000 to $49,500 depending on the local board. Each local board will elect a chair and deputy chair among its members – these roles require a bigger time commitment (20-40 hours a week) and receive an annual salary of $34,200 to $99,000.

Councillors work full-time – 40 hours or more a week – and receive a $106,306 annual base remuneration.

The mayor works full-time 40 hours or more a week, with a significant professional and personal commitment, including after hours and weekends. He receives an annual salary of $296,000

(The following link will take you to a page written in English) See full details of the responsibilities and salary for each role

Assisted participation services

How to get assistance with voting

If you are an eligible voter and are unable to complete your voting documents unassisted, you can request assistance from one of our trained staff member. You just need to call the Electoral Office on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822 to arrange an appointment.

You should know

This service is available for people who cannot complete a postal vote independently.

How to get assistance with nomination documents

If you wish to be nominated and are unable to complete your nominations documents unassisted, you can request assistance from one of our trained staff members. You just need to call the Electoral Office on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822 to arrange an appointment.

You should know

This service is available for people who cannot complete a nomination document independently.
If you want to be nominated, two nominators (two electors within the area you want to represent) will need to have completed their part of the nomination paper or will need to be present at the appointment.

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