Local body elections are conducted under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.
The Local Electoral Act 2001 allows a local authority to use either the First Past the Post (FPP) electoral system or the Single Transferable Vote (STV) electoral system for electing its members.
We use the FPP system. Electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate(s), and the candidate(s) that receives the most votes is declared the winner, regardless of the proportion of votes that candidate(s) received.
The elections for New Plymouth District Council Mayor, councillors and community board members will be held in 2016. Mayor - The Mayor is elected by all the district’s voters.
Council - For electoral purposes the district is divided into three wards that elect a total of 14 councillors (excluding the Mayor). The wards and number of councillors elected for each are:
Community Boards - New Plymouth District has four communities and electors in those communities vote for members to represent them on the respective community board. The communities are Clifton, Inglewood, Kaitake and Waitara.
Each community board comprises of four elected members plus one councillor from the relevant ward who is appointed by the council.