Elections 2019

Local Government elections are being held this year, check out the four videos below to find out more about what being a regional councillor entails, and topics all regional councils are facing. Read this page for more information about the election process, and click on the green buttons below to find further informative videos from Local Government NZ (LGNZ) about becoming a candidate, how councils work, and first days of being an elected member of council.


Candidate Nomination Form
Elections Frequently Asked Questions 2019
Local Body Elections Information Sheet
Constituency Boundaries and Our Role
Pre Election Report 2019
Candidate Information Handbook

Final 2019 Candidate nominations (nominations are closed)

Click here for a list of the candidates' contact details for Horizons Regional Council 2019.

Click on candidate name to view photo and profile statement.
Ruapehu Whanganui Manawatū-Rangitikei Palmerston North Tararua Horowhenua
Richard Steele David Cotton Teresa Schulz Chris
Allan Benbow Phil Taueki
Weston Mervyn Kirton Nicola Patrick Bruce Gordon Jack Dowds Andrew Day Sam Ferguson
Moana Ellis   Gordon McKellar Rachel Keedwell Lorraine Stephenson Michael
    Leslie Pillow Fiona Gordon   Geoff Kane
Te Awe Awe
  Owen Greig
    John Turkington Jono Naylor   Lindsay Burnell
      Darryl Cleland   Karen  Adams
          Emma Clarke

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





Palmerston North









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. 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.

Read the Report


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.