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Last reviewed: Fri, 22 Jun 2012

Council Elections

Elections for the Mayor, Councillors and Community Boards were held on Saturday 12 October 2013.

Every three years local authorities in New Zealand hold elections on the second Saturday in October using the postal voting method.

2013 Results

The final declaration of results is available here. [PDF, 99KB].
Vote in the Local Body Elections.

How many votes have been processed?

See the voting statistics here.

Return of Electoral Donations and Expenses

Download the Return of Electoral Donations and Expenses form here. [PDF, 454 KB]

A list of candidates' Electoral Donations and Expenses can be viewed here.

Your 2013 Candidates

View a full list of the 2013 candidates and read their profile statements here.

Elections 2013 calendar

The elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001 and associated regulations. See below for a copy of the 2013 timetable.

Local Government 2013 Triennial Elections Timetable, Polling Day 12 October 2013


Saturday 2 March – Saturday 6 July 2013



Preparation of ratepayer roll (reg 10 LER)


Friday 12 – Wednesday 24 July 2013


Compile preliminary electoral roll (sec 38 LEA)


Wednesday 17 July 2013

(no later than Monday 22 July 2013)


Public notice of election, calling for nominations, roll open for inspection (sec 42, 52, 53 LEA)


Friday 19 July 2013

Nominations open /roll open for inspection (sec 42 LEA)

By Wednesday 31 July 2013

Appointment of Justice(s) of the Peace

Friday 16 August 2013

Nominations close (noon) / roll closes (sec 5, 42, 55, LEA, reg 21 LER)


Wednesday 21 August 2013

(or as soon as possible)


Public notice of day of election, candidates’ names (sec 65, LEA)


By Monday 16 September 2013


Electoral officer certifies final electoral roll (sec 51 LEA, reg 22 LER)



Friday 20 September 2013


Electoral Commission letter sent to unpublished roll electors



Friday 20 – Wednesday 25 September 2013



Delivery of voting documents (reg 51 LER)




Friday 20 September – Saturday 12 October 2013


Progressive roll scrutiny (sec 83 LEA)

Special voting period (sec 5 LEA, reg 35 LER)

Early processing period (secs 79, 80, LEA)



By noon, Friday 11 October 2013



Appointment of scrutineers (sec 68 LEA)


Saturday 12 – Thursday 17 October 2013



Official count (sec 84 LEA)


Thursday 17 – Wednesday 23 October 2013

(or as soon as practicable)


Declaration of result/public notice of results (sec 86, LEA)


Mid-December 2013

(depends on date results published)


Return of election expenses forms (sec 109, EA)


Pre-election report

The Christchurch City Council pre-election report provides information to promote discussion leading up to the 2013 local election about the key issues facing the Council.

Further information

For further information regarding local government elections, please contact the Electoral Officer.
Clare Sullivan, Electoral Officer
Phone: (03) 941 8533
Fax: (03) 941 8920
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73013


Authorising Unit: Democracy Services

Last reviewed: Friday, 22 June 2012

Next review: Saturday, 22 December 2012

Keywords: elections