Elections

Take a stand for your future. Find out everything you need to know about voting – including how, where and why, in this year's local elections. Voting closes at noon on Saturday 8 October 2022. It's the final week, so don't forget to vote.

Candidates

View the 2022 candidates.

View the daily voting returns.(external link)

Or get our free mobile app Celect. Celect lets you browse the profiles of candidates in Christchurch's local elections

Download or update Celect now from the App store(external link) or Google Play(external link) to stay up to date.

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

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

Where do I post my vote?

How do I vote?

How do I cast a special vote?

See the daily voting returns.(external link)

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. 

View the candidates who have submitted their nominations for the 2022 elections.

View the full list of candidates and check their contact details.

View the confirmed candidates, or see them all at a glance(external link).

To get in touch with a candidate, check the confirmed candidate's contact details [PDF, 571 KB].

The Council does not organise meet-the-candidate public meetings or information sessions. These are usually organised by local community groups, residents’ associations or individual candidates themselves. 

We encourage you to check local media and social media for information on public meetings, or contact candidates directly. 

Policy Local(external link) is an information source about local election candidates.

What if I've never voted before?

How do I get my voting papers?

How do I get 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)

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 can I 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.

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].