Information for voters

The 2019 Local body elections in the Canterbury region include Environment Canterbury, District Councils and Christchurch City Council, their Community Boards, and the Canterbury District Health Board. Find out who's standing for Environment Canterbury elections.

Vote 2019Why vote?

The Environment Canterbury councillors you may vote for get to make decisions that affect you and the future of your region for the next three years and beyond. If you are interested in the decisions that will impact on the environmental sustainability of Canterbury, you need to vote.

Voting in the 2019 local body elections is by postal vote. Voting will open from 20 September and close at 12 noon on 12 October 2019.

Key election dates for voters

From 17 July Elections will be advertised and nominations called.
19 July Nominations open.
16 August Nominations close at midday.
20 September Voter packs mailed to electors. Voting opens.
12 October Voting closes at midday.
17 October Official result declared.
From 17 October to 23 October Public notice of Official result.

How to vote

If you were enrolled to vote before Friday 16 August 2019, voting papers will arrive in the mail during September 2019.

If you don’t know whether you are enrolled check online 

Interested in other local elections in our region?

As well as voting for Environment Canterbury, you can also vote for

Download CCC's Celect mobile app to view the profiles of candidates for 

  • Mayor
  • Christchurch City Council
  • Community Boards
  • Environment Canterbury
  • Canterbury District Health Board

Your voting paper needs to be returned by (noon) 12pm on Saturday, 12 October 2019.

Please allow enough time for your voting paper to reach the electoral office before the close of voting.

Once you have filled in your voting paper, put it in the pre-paid envelope provided and post it back. 

See where to drop off your voting paper to find places to vote closest to you.

Enrol to vote

In New Zealand, enrolment for all elections is managed by the Electoral Commission.

If you voted in previous local or parliamentary elections, you should still be enrolled. If you have moved recently, you may need to update your details.

To find out if you are enrolled, or to find out how to enrol, visit Vote NZ - Enrol, check or update.

Special voting - for after 16 August

If you enrol after 16 August, you won’t get your voting papers sent to you in the mail. You’ll have to request special voting papers from your local council’s electoral officer. 

The last day to enrol to vote in the local elections is Friday 11 October.

Assisted voting

Youth voting

Kids voting gives young people aged 11 to 15 years (school years 7 to 10) the opportunity to experience an election first hand.

Students vote for real candidates on real issues and can see how their results compare to the official election results.

Find out more about kids voting on Local Government New Zealand's website.

More information

Anthony Morton
Electoral Officer Ltd, PO Box 3138, Christchurch
 0800 666 048 or