2016 New Zealand local elections

The 2016 New Zealand local elections were triennial elections to select local government officials and District Health Board members. Under section 10 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, a "general election of members of every local authority or community board must be held on the second Saturday in October in every third year" from the date the Act came into effect in 2001, meaning 8 October 2016.[1]

Electoral systems

The local elections were held using postal ballots. Most city and district councils and all but one regional council use the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system, with the exception of the following six city and district councils that use the single transferable vote (STV) voting system:[2]

The Wellington Regional Council is the sole regional council using the STV system.

Environment Canterbury is under statutory management and no elections were held.[3] Statutory management in Kaipara District will end as it holds its first elections since 2010.[4] All District Health Boards use the STV system.[2]

Mayoral elections summary

Since the 2013 local elections, two new mayors have been elected. Carterton mayor Ron Mark and Palmerston North mayor Jono Naylor resigned after being elected to Parliament in the 2014 election, with John Booth elected unopposed as the new Carterton mayor and Grant Smith elected in a by-election as the new Palmerston North mayor.

Note all results below are preliminary and are subject to change.

Ashburton DistrictAngus McKayDonna Favel[5]
Auckland (details)Len Brown[nb 1]Phil Goff[6]
Buller DistrictGarry Howard[nb 2][7]
Carterton DistrictJohn Booth[8][9]
Central Hawke's Bay DistrictPeter Butler[nb 1]Alex Walker [10]
Central Otago DistrictTony LepperTim Cadogan[11]
Chatham IslandsAlfred Preece
Christchurch City (details)Lianne Dalziel[12]
Clutha DistrictBryan Cadogan[nb 2][13]
Dunedin City (details)Dave Cull
Far North DistrictJohn Carter
Gisborne DistrictMeng Foon
Gore DistrictTracy Hicks[14]
Grey DistrictTony Kokshoorn[nb 2][7]
Hamilton City (details)Julie Hardaker[nb 1]Andrew King [15]
Hastings DistrictLawrence Yule[16]
Hauraki DistrictJohn Tregidga
Horowhenua DistrictBrendan DuffyMichael Feyen[9]
Hurunui DistrictWinton Dalley[nb 2][13]
Hutt CityRay Wallace[17]
Invercargill CityTim Shadbolt[18]
Kaikoura DistrictWinston Gray
Kaipara DistrictJohn Robertson[nb 3]Greg Gent[19]
Kapiti Coast DistrictRoss ChurchK Gurunathan[16]
Kawerau DistrictMalcolm Campbell
Mackenzie DistrictClaire Barlow[nb 1]Graham Smith [20]
Manawatu DistrictMargaret KouvelisHelen Worboys
Marlborough DistrictAlistair Sowman[nb 1]John Leggett
Masterton DistrictLyn Patterson[nb 2][13]
Matamata-Piako DistrictJan Barnes[nb 2][21]
Napier CityBill Dalton[nb 2][13]
Nelson CityRachel Reese
New Plymouth DistrictAndrew Judd[nb 1]Neil Holdom [22]
Opotiki DistrictJohn Forbes[16]
Otorohanga DistrictMax Baxter[nb 2]
Palmerston North CityGrant Smith [16]
Porirua CityNick Leggett[nb 4]Mike Tana [16]
Queenstown-Lakes DistrictVanessa van Uden[nb 1]Jim Boult[23]
Rangitikei District (details)Andy Watson [16]
Rotorua DistrictSteve Chadwick[9]
Ruapehu DistrictDon Cameron
Selwyn DistrictKelvin Coe[nb 1][7]Sam Broughton [24]
South Taranaki DistrictRoss Dunlop[nb 2][25]
South Waikato DistrictNeil Sinclair[nb 1]Jenny Shattock[16]
South Wairarapa DistrictAdrienne Staples[nb 1]Viv Napier[9]
Southland DistrictGary Tong
Stratford DistrictNeil Volzke[nb 2][25]
Tararua DistrictRoly Ellis[nb 1]Tracey Collis [26]
Tasman DistrictRichard Kempthorne[27]
Taupo DistrictDavid Trewavas
Tauranga CityStuart Crosby[nb 1]Greg Brownless [28]
Thames-Coromandel DistrictGlenn Leach[nb 1]Sandra Goudie[29]
Timaru DistrictDamon Odey
Upper Hutt CityWayne Guppy[9]
Waikato DistrictAllan Sanson
Waimakariri DistrictDavid Ayers
Waimate DistrictCraig Rowley[30]
Waipa DistrictJim Mylchreest[9]
Wairoa DistrictCraig Little [9]
Waitaki DistrictGary Kircher [9]
Waitomo DistrictBrian Hanna[9]
Wellington City (details)Celia Wade-Brown[nb 1]Justin Lester [31]
Western Bay of Plenty DistrictRoss Paterson[nb 1]Garry Webber
Westland DistrictMike HavillBruce Smith[16]
Whakatane DistrictTony Bonne[16]
Whanganui DistrictAnnette Main[nb 1]Hamish McDouall[32]
Whangarei DistrictSheryl Mai

Results by region

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Waikato
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawke's Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Manawatu-Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Tasman
  • Nelson
  • Marlborough
  • West Coast
  • Canterbury
  • Otago
  • Southland

See also


  1. Did not seek re-election
  2. Elected unopposed
  3. Robertson was appointed by commission; he was not elected. However, in 2016 a mayoral election did take place.
  4. Did not seek re-election in Porirua City. however contested the Wellington City Council mayoralty


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