The local election will be held on 8 October 2022. The election will be held by postal vote. 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.

Electors at the same address may receive their voting documents on different days.

Each elector, after receiving their voting document, should complete it, seal it in the return postage paid envelope and post or deliver it to the Electoral Officer.

If hand delivered, completed voting documents can be returned to Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, open Christchurch City Council libraries and service centres before the close of voting at noon on Saturday 8 October.

When posting, voting documents should be posted no later than 5pm on Tuesday 4 October to guarantee delivery before the close of voting.

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

Anyone who is not able to complete a postal vote independently due to disability is invited to contact the Electoral Officer. 

The details and profile statements for all candidates in the 2022 local elections will be available after nominations close on 12 August 2022.

Christchurch City Council has two decision-making parts: the Council and Community Boards.

During the local elections, you can vote for:

  • the Mayor and a ward councillor
  • community board members

You can find your ward and community board on this map

The term for elected members is three years.


The Council is made up of the Mayor and 16 councillors. It makes decisions important to Christchurch as a whole.

All Christchurch voters elect the Mayor, while councillors are elected by voters from the ward they represent.

Community Boards

For the 2022 election, the number of community boards will be reduced from seven to six(external link). These six community boards will represent their individual areas and cover three wards, with the exception of the Banks Peninsula ward, which has its own community board.

Each community board in the city has nine members, elected by voters from the areas they represent. The Banks Peninsula community board has eight. Councillors are also appointed to the community board covering their ward.

Community boards make decisions on local issues, activities and facilities, and help build strong communities.

Environment Canterbury also holds elections at the same time as us. Find out more.(external link)

There are many reasons you could cast a special vote, including:

  • your name does not appear on the final electoral roll, but you qualify as an elector 
  • you have chosen to put your name on the unpublished (confidential) roll
  • you have moved since the electoral roll was compiled (and have lived at your new residential address for one month or more)
  • you spoilt, lost or did not receive your ordinary voting document 
  • you will be away from your residential address during the voting period
  • you are eligible to vote for some positions in the elections as a ratepayer elector (for a property you own but do not live in).

If you aren't on the electoral roll and you need to request a special vote, you'll need to enrol. Visit the Electoral Commission(external link), call 0800 36 76 56, or freetext your name and address to 3676. 

Special voting documents will be available from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, from Friday 16 September until Friday 7 October at:

  • Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street
  • Fendalton Service Centre, 4 Jeffreys Road, Fendalton
  • Hornby Service Centre, 2/8 Goulding Avenue, Hornby
  • Linwood Service Centre, Eastgate Mall, first floor, Corner Buckleys Road and Linwood Avenue
  • Beckenham Service Centre, 66 Colombo Street, Beckenham
  • Te Hāpua Halswell Service Centre, 342 Halswell Road, Halswell
  • Shirley Service Centre, 36 Marshland Road, Shirley

Or by emailing or phoning 03 941 8999.

Special voting documents will also be available from 10am to 2pm Monday to Friday from Friday 16 September until Friday 7 October at:

  • Lyttelton Service Centre, 18 Canterbury Street, Lyttelton
  • Akaroa Service Centre, 78 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

On Saturday 8 October, special voting documents will also be available from Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, 53 Hereford Street, from 9am until the close of voting at noon.

Special voting documents can be posted out to electors. The completed voting paper must be returned to the Electoral Officer by noon on election day.

You will need to complete a statutory declaration when you cast a special vote. This is a legal requirement to protect voters against possible duplicate voting. The statutory declaration will be provided to the person casting a special vote, along with a special voting paper and candidate information booklet.

If an elector requests a special vote and is not on the parliamentary roll (for example, they have just turned 18 years of age), the person must enrol by Friday 7 October. An application for registration as a parliamentary elector may be obtained by:

After voting closes, special vote declarations are forwarded to the Registrar of Electors for verification that the elector is eligible and has enrolled as a parliamentary elector.

Special voting documents cannot be collected by candidates or their assistants for distribution to electors. 

On election day, Saturday 8 October, completed voting documents can be returned to all open Christchurch City Council libraries and Christchurch City Council Civic Offices, until noon.

If you have any questions about special voting, please contact Electoral Officer Jo Daly on 03 941 8581 or

Local Government NZ wants more Kiwis to get involved in the 2022 local elections and that includes tamariki – our future voters.

The Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi – Youth Voting(external link) initiative is for tamariki aged 11 to 15-years-old (school years 7 to 10).

Youth voting gives tamariki a chance to try out the election process by discussing what’s important to them, voting for candidates on real issues, and comparing their results against the official election results. Youth voting is designed to align with the civics education theme in the existing school curriculum.

Will your school get involved? Registrations are open(external link) until Friday 12 August 2022.

Youth voting will take place from Friday 16 September to Friday 30 September 2022.