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Every three years the people of Napier vote for a Mayor and 12 councillors. To vote, you need to be on the New Zealand electoral roll and live in Napier permanently - or own property here. You also need to be 18 years or older, and be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

Reviewing our representation arrangements

Sections 19H and 19J of the Local Electoral Act 2001 require all councils to review their representation arrangements at least once every six years. These reviews are to determine:

  • the number of councillors to be elected
  • how those councillors are elected (and, if this includes wards, the boundaries and names of those wards)
  • whether we need community boards and, if so, how we might choose members for those boards.

Above all, our aim is for fair and effective representation for all our communities.

The 2023-24 Representation Review is now underway.

Notice of right to demand a poll on electoral system

Napier City Council electors have the right to demand a poll on the electoral system to be used at the next two triennial general elections (2025 and 2028) for Napier City Council.

The choice for local elections is between the First Past the Post (FPP) and the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral systems. On 31 August 2023 Napier City Council resolved to continue to use the FPP electoral system. That resolution can only be countermanded by the result of a poll of Napier City Council electors.

A valid demand for a poll must be:

  • made in writing;
  • signed by at least 5 percent of eligible electors of Napier City Council. This will require a minimum of 2299 elector signatures; and
  • delivered to the Napier City Council office, 215 Hastings Street, Napier by 5.00pm on Monday, 11 December 2023.

Every elector who signs a demand must also set out in it his or her full name and the address for which he or she is qualified as an elector of Napier City Council.


Warwick Lampp
Electoral Officer
4 September 2023

Local elections 2025

Our local elections are held every three years and give you the chance to vote for the Mayor and local council.

The next local election will be held on 11 October 2025.

If you are an enrolled voter, you'll get a voting information pack in the mail. Check or update your postal address to make sure you receive your voting papers.

For more information on how to stand, vote and get involved visit Vote Local.


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