Elections 2019

Local Government elections are being held this year, check out the video below to find out more about what being a regional councillor entails and read this page for more information about the election process.

Click on the green buttons below to find further informative videos about becoming a candidate, how councils work, and first days of being an elected member of council.

Dates to remember

  • Nominations Open 19 July, 2019

  • Nominations Close 16 August, 2019 12:00 p.m.

  • Delivery of voting papers 20 September, 2019 to 25 September, 2019

  • Election Day 12 October, 2019

Why should I vote?

This is your chance to say who you want to represent you when decisions are made for our region over the next three years.  The people who are elected to Council will make many decisions on your behalf.  They will set Horizons’ rates and decide how the community’s money should be spent to achieve a sustainable region.

Horizons Regional Council consists of six constituencies - click here, with 12 members elected as follows:


elected representatives





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Elections Frequently Asked Questions 2019

Pre Election Report

The Chief Executive is required under Sec 99A of the Local Government Act 2002 to produce a Pre-Election Report for Council for any year in which local body elections are to be held.  This report will be available by 4 July 2019. 

The report contains information for the community and prospective candidates in the election process, and brings together information previously published in Horizons’ Long-term Plan, Annual Plans, Annual Reports and associated summaries.  This information is intended to promote public discussion about the issues facing Council, and thus enable a better informed election debate.

Want to know more?

For further information regarding these elections, please contact the Electoral Officer (Craig Grant) or Deputy Electoral Officer (Kay Booth) on 0508 800 800, or email elections@horizons.govt.nz.