Elections

Our local elections are on 8 October 2022. Nominations have now closed. Please keep checking our website for the final list of candidates as we get ready to vote.

Every three years, the people of Christchurch get to vote for a Mayor, councillors and community board members to represent our diverse communities.

Council is supporting all candidates with all the information they’ll need. See below.

Pre-election bookletPre-election Report 2022

Our Pre-election Report [PDF, 11 MB], outlining the key challenges that elected members in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula are likely to face over the next three years, is now available.

As well as providing a snapshot of Christchurch City Council's financial performance and how governance works, it gives an overview of the issues our district is facing, what we’re doing about them, and what we plan to do next. It also provides a rundown of some of the Government's proposed reforms and how they'll impact local government.

It goes without saying that every election benefits from an informed debate. Our Pre-election Report is designed to be your handy guide to the big issues and big projects that the next intake of elected members will be diving into.

Read the Pre-election Report [PDF, 11 MB].

Updated daily.

Here are the candidates who have submitted their nominations for the 2022 elections.

View the confirmed candidates(external link).

A final list of candidates will be confirmed after 12 August.

How do you get your voting papers?

What if you've never voted before?

What is the residential roll, and what is the ratepayer roll?

Do you need enrolment and voting information in large print, audio, Sign Language or Te Reo?

If you love Christchurch, enrol to vote so that when voting starts on 16 September, you can have a say on the people who will make decisions that shape your community.

The electoral roll is now closed. You can still enrol at any time, but to vote in the 8 October local elections you'll need to cast a special vote(external link).

Find out more about enrolling.(external link)

How do you vote?

What area am I voting in?

How do I cast a special vote?

The election will be held by postal vote, which means New Zealand Post delivers voting documents to all enrolled voters. Voting opens on Friday 16 September 2022 and closes at noon on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Once you've received your voting papers, you should complete your voting document, seal it in the return postage-paid envelope and post or deliver it back to a Council location. Locations for delivery will be published with elections information.

People who do not receive a voting paper in the post will be able to request and complete a special vote. 

Find out all about voting and special voting.(external link)

Do you care about your community?

Is there something you want to change or protect?

Are you ready to make challenging decisions?

Nominations closed at noon on Friday 12 August.

Find everything you need to know as a candidate.(external link)

Ōtautahi Christchurch’s elected members are our decision-makers. Their calls, big and small, can change the course of our city for generations to come.

All have different points of view and diverse backgrounds. But they all share one thing in common: they made the decision to represent their community by choosing to stand as a candidate.

Our local government elections are being held on 8 October 2022.

The diverse communities across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula need representatives who truly reflect them and their interests.

When do you need to have your nomination form in by?

When can you start voting?

When will the results be announced?

 All your questions are answered below. 

July 2022 Candidate information booklet and nomination forms are available.
Friday 15 July 2022 Nominations open. Electoral roll opens.
Friday 12 August Nominations close at noon. Electoral roll closes.
Friday 16 September Voting and special voting begins.
Saturday 8 October Election day. Voting closes at noon, and the progress results will be available that afternoon.
From Thursday 13 October Final results are declared.

Stay up to date on all the Council's official notifications.