2019 Elections

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This page includes all you need to know about the 2019 local body elections whether you are thinking of standing in them, or voting.

Triennial elections for elected members of local authorities throughout New Zealand, including Stratford, are to be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 12 October 2019.

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and will be undertaken by Election Services, under contract to Stratford District Council.

Are you ready to vote?

Anyone who is on the electoral roll can vote, but you must be enrolled by Friday 16 August to ensure your voting papers will reach you in the mail on time.

All enrolled voters should have received an electoral pack from the Electoral Commission at the beginning of July to check their details are up to date.

To check that you are enrolled to vote visit www.vote.nz or phone 0800 36 76 56.

If you enrol after 16 August you can still vote by requesting special voting papers which can be completed at the Council’s Service Centre on Miranda Street up until 12 noon voting day on 12 October 2019.

Ratepayer Roll

If a person is on the parliamentary roll in one area and pays rates on a property in another area, this person may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.

Ratepayer enrolment forms can be found here. 

How to vote

Votes need to be received by 12pm, 12 October. If you are posting your vote, this will mean getting it in the post by 5 October.

Looking for a postbox to post your vote? 

You'll find locations of all Stratford postboxes online here.

Daily voting document returns

View the daily percentage of voting document returns for the Stratford District. 

Get to know your candidates

Read short profiles written by each of the candidates and get to know who you're voting for:

Know your candidates

Receiving your voting papers

The Electoral Commission are responsible for delivering the voting papers. If you are enrolled at the correct address you should receive them by post between 20 and 25 September. 

If you aren't sure if you're enrolled or think you may be enrolled at the wrong address then check your details with the Electoral Commission at vote.nz

You will receive voting papers for Stratford District Council as well as the Taranaki District Health Board and Taranaki Regional Council.

Special votes

If you will be away during the election period when voting documents are delivered then you will need to contact the electoral office for a special vote on 0800 922 822. 

Other special votes are available to electors:

  • whose names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify as electors
  • who did not receive a voting document previously posted to them
  • whose names appear on the unpublished roll.

Special votes are available from Friday 20 September 2019 to noon on Saturday 12 October 2019 at:

Stratford District Council Service Centre, 61-63 Miranda Street, Stratford; or
by phoning 0800 922 822.

Special votes require the completion of a statutory declaration.

If an elector requests a special vote and is not on the electoral roll (e.g. they turned 18 years of age after the Electoral Roll closed), the person must enrol by Friday 11 October 2019 (the day before the close of voting).

Standing for Council


Elections will be required for the following positions:

  • Mayor (elected ‘at large’)
  • Councillors (10)
  • Rural Ward (4)
  • Urban Ward (6)
  • Taranaki Regional Council Member (1 member elected from the Stratford Constituency)
  • Horizons Regional Council Member  (1 member elected from the Ruapehu Constituency)
  • Taranaki District Health Board Members ( 7 members elected ‘ at large’)


Nominations for the above positions open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at noon on Friday 16 August 2019.

Nomination papers are available during this period:

  • from Council’s Administration Building, 61 – 63 Miranda Street, Stratford
  • by telephoning the electoral office on 0800 922 822
  • by downloading below:

Nomination paper - Mayor

Nomination paper - Urban ward

Nomination paper - Rural ward

Nomination paper - Taranaki DHB

When completing your nomination form, don’t forget your supporting material, such as your candidate profile statement (optional, but highly recommended as this goes in the voting packs and is a good opportunity to tell people about yourself), your photo, proof of New Zealand citizenship, and $200 nomination deposit. 

Don’t leave submitting your nomination to the last minute because if there is a mistake or ineligible nominators are provided, there may not be enough time make corrections.

You can find the locations of local post boxes here.


To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the respective area that a candidate is standing for.

The 2019 Candidate Information Handbook contains all the information you need to know about candidate eligibility, the nomination process, pay for elected members, campaigning, electoral donations and expenses, voting, and much more. Available from Council’s Administration Building, 61 – 63 Miranda Street; Stratford District Library, Prospero Place, Stratford or can be downloaded below:

Candidate Information Handbook - Stratford District Council 

District Health Board Elections - Information for candidates

View the 2019 Local Election Candidates.

More information

Further information on the election is available below:

2019 Fact Sheet 

2019 Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Election Report 2019