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Voting in local elections

Find out who can vote, how to vote, and the constituency for where you live.

Vacancy for Hastings Constituency

A by-election was required to fill an extraordinary vacancy for the Hastings constituency of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. The by-election has arose from the recent resignation of councillor Rex Graham. 

Voting closed at midday on Friday 24 September 2021.


The nominations were:

Contact :

Tom BelfordVoters shouldn’t need to guess where their next councillor stands on vital issues like water quality and safety, regional impacts of climate change or ensuring a sustainable regional economy. Nor trust untested or born again campaign promises from candidates just now discovering that HBRC exists. HBRC’s core mission is safeguarding our environment. With our environment well-protected, expanding prosperity in Hawke’s Bay can be responsible and sustainable – win/win. For today’s enjoyment and for our children and grandchildren. HBRC is presently steering a prudent course – putting the environment first, but in a balanced way. While Council performance can always be improved, I don’t want to see that direction compromised. With two terms of HBRC service and fifteen years covering regional issues as BayBuzz editor, my orientation is transparent. And I’m deeply informed. I will be ready and able to represent and work for you effectively from Day 1. No training wheels required.

My principal residence is NOT within the Hastings Constituency area. 


0523 839

I believe the sustainability, health and well-being of our environment, our families, our communities, and our businesses must be in balance. My diverse business experience, commitment to education, and environmental passion combined with being a small business owner, board director for Life Education Trust and SPELD NZ, will bring new value and leadership to your council. My finance-sector knowledge will be used to ensure the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council spends your rates wisely. I want our community to be well informed and educated about our environment, changes to it, and how we can better care for it. I would like to make sure our treasured Te Mata Peak remains accessible to all, preserved and never threatened, and enjoyed by many. As our region continues to grow, I am committed to ensuring Hawke’s Bay becomes a well-balanced and sustainable environment for present and future generations to enjoy.

My principal residence is NOT within the Hastings Constituency area.


joe waldingkaraitiana

I am a proud Hawke’s Bay local. I am product of Haumoana Primary, Havelock North Intermediate and Hastings Boys’ High School, where I was Head Boy in 2014.

I am passionate about what Hawke’s Bay has to offer and protecting our precious taonga - rivers, lakes, coast, air and biodiversity.

After finishing university and playing rugby overseas, I returned home with the definitive purpose of helping my community. If I was to represent the people of Hastings, I will ensure their voices are heard.

My goal is to promote sustainable management of the region’s natural and physical resources and assist towards climate change and environmental objectives. I believe I can bring innovation and a fresh perspective to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.

I am looking forward to this very exciting opportunity and ready to empower the people of Hastings - let’s go!

My principal residence is NOT within the Hastings Constituency area.

Who can vote in the local elections?

Anyone who is correctly enrolled can vote in the local elections where they live.

Also, voters who own property within a local council area, but who usually live outside this, can apply to go on the ratepayer roll. They will then be able to vote in the area where they pay rates, and the area where they live.

To go on the ratepayer roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live. The electoral officer will send you out a form to complete, sign and return so they can check your eligibility.

If you are registered on the unpublished roll, you will need to apply to the electoral officer at your local council to receive your voting papers.

Overseas voters can take part, but must ensure that they are correctly enrolled with an overseas postal address in order to receive their voting papers. Voting papers for local elections cannot be downloaded.

Check you are enrolled here

Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting

The Ngā Pōti ā-Taiohi - Youth Voting initiative is aimed at 11-15 year old students (school years 7 to 10) to experience the election process first hand: considering and discussing key issues, voting for candidates on real issues, and being able to compare their results against the official election results.

More information for teachers and students is available here.


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