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Pre-Election Report


The list and scale of issues local government is facing now, and in the pipeline, is staggering.

We face one of the most significant leadership challenges in living memory. We need expert and decisive leadership to embrace the situation we’re in, guide our organisation and city, and make the inevitable difficult calls.

Nothing you’ll read in this report is sugar-coated. We need leaders who are well-informed, have open minds, and can work collaboratively to achieve a shared vision for Hamilton Kirikiriroa.


Read more about the issues facing our city.

Running for Council? 

Here’s everything you need to know. 

Hamilton City Council’s triennial elections are upon us. It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with the Local Electoral Act 2001, and we recommend you download a copy. If you have any questions, or are unsure about something, please contact our electoral officers for help.



Nomination forms:


Key links for candidates:


Other key documents to read:


We’ve set out some key information about standing for Council below (or download the PDF here)

Our Council structure


In 2022, Hamilton will elect 15 members to Council:

  • Six candidates in the East Ward

  • Six candidates in the West Ward

  • 2 candidates in the Kirikiriroa Maaori Ward

  • The Mayor


Voters enrolled on the general roll will vote for candidates in either the East or West Ward, plus the mayor.  

Voters enrolled on the Maaori roll will vote for candidates in the Kirikiriroa Maaori Ward, plus the mayor. 

Our Electoral System

Hamilton will vote under the Single Transferrable Vote (STV) system for the first time in 2022. So, what does this mean for you as a candidate?  

How STV works: 

  • Voters receive a single (transferable) vote no matter whether there is one vacancy or several. 
  • Voters rank the candidates in order of preference. “1” next to the name of the candidate most preferred, “2” next to the name of the candidate next preferred and so on. 
  • When votes are counted, all the first preferences are allocated first. To be elected, a candidate must reach a “quota” of votes, which is based on the number of vacancies and the number of valid votes. 
  • A candidate who reaches the quota is elected. If there is more than one vacancy and a candidate gets more votes than the quota, a proportion of each vote for that candidate is transferred to the voter’s second preference.  
  • If, as a result, another candidate gets more votes than the quota, a proportion is transferred to third preferences, and so on.  
  • If insufficient candidates reach the quota after the first preferences are allocated and after any surplus votes are transferred, then the candidate who received the fewest votes is eliminated and each vote for that candidate is transferred to the voter’s second preference. 
  • This process is repeated until enough candidates reach the quota to fill all the vacancies.  


Standing for Council under STV  

To get elected, you’ll need to get a certain number of votes – called a quota. If you’re running for Mayor, you’ll need an ‘absolute majority’.  Voters will rank candidates – 1,2,3 etc. There are a few important things to note about this:  

  • If you are someone’s second choice, you could still get part of their vote.   
  • If their first choice reaches the quota, part of the individual’s vote may be redistributed to their second choice (you!). 
  • If their first choice does not reach the quota and is eliminated, you as their second choice get a portion of their vote.   
  • The transfer of votes is done in order of voters' preferences. This means that surplus votes are not "wasted" but are available to help other candidates to get elected.  


Learn more about running for Councillor under STV.  

Learn more about running for Mayor under STV. 

A comprehensive explanation on the New Zealand method of counting STV votes is found in Schedule 1A, Local Electoral Regulations 2001.  

Key Dates



2 March – 30 April  

Ratepayer roll enrolment confirmation forms sent [Reg 16, LER]  

2 March – 6 July  

Preparation of ratepayer roll [Reg 10, LER]  


National ratepayer roll qualifications and procedures campaign [Sec 39, LEA]  

 1 July 

 Electoral Commission enrolment update campaign commences  

No earlier than 12:01am, 9 July 

Under the Hamilton City Council District Plan, signs related to elections can be displayed for no more than three months before an election and must be removed before polling, or such lesser time as may be prescribed by legislation.  (Rule: Temporary Signs - (c)) 

13 July  

Public notice of election, calling for nominations, rolls open for inspection [Sec 42, 52, 53, LEA]  

15 July  

Nominations open / roll open for inspection [Sec 42, LEA]  

 12 August 

Nominations close (12 noon) / roll closes [Sec 5, 42, 55 LEA, Reg 21, LER]  

 17 August  

 Public notice of day of election, candidates’ names [Sec 65, LEA]  

 12 September  

Electoral officer certifies final electoral roll [Sec 51, LEA, Reg 22, LER]  

16 September – 21 September  

Delivery of voting documents [Reg 51, LER]  

 16 September – 8 October  

Progressive roll scrutiny [Sec 83, LEA] Special voting period [Sec 5 LEA, Reg 35, LER] Early processing period [Sec 80, LEA]  

by 7 October  

Appointment of scrutineers (12 noon) [Sec 68, LEA]  

No later than midnight, 7 October  

All electoral signage must be removed from public display  

 8 October 2022  

Election day [Sec 10, LEA] Close of voting (12 noon) [Sec 84, LEA]  

Progress and preliminary results available as soon as practicable after close of voting [Sec 85, LEA]  

8 October (pm) – 13 October  

Official count [Sec 84, LEA]  

Midday, 9 October  

Preliminary results available 

13 October – 19 October  

Declaration of result/public notice of declaration [Sec 86, LEA]  

by 9 December  

Return of electoral donations & expenses form [Sec 112A, LEA]  

LEA = Local Electoral Act 2001

LER = Local Electoral Regulations 2001

The rules of elections

All local government elections are required to be conducted strictly following legislation. The key legislation that needs to be followed is:  

Once elected as Mayor or Councillor, you will need to have a sound understanding of your obligations under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015. Councils are also governed by several other Act of Parliament, such as the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, the Resource Management Act 1991, and Building Act 2004.  


Electoral Principles 

In making decisions under the Local Electoral Act 2001 or any other enactment, Council, electoral officers, and other electoral officials must consider these principles:  

  • fair and effective representation for individuals and communities 
  • representative and substantial electoral participation in local elections and polls.  
  • all qualified persons have a reasonable and equal opportunity to:  
    • cast an informed vote 
    • nominate one or more candidates 
    • accept nomination as a candidate.  
  • public confidence in, and public understanding of, local electoral processes through:  
    • the provision of a regular election cycle 
    • the provision of elections that are managed independently from the elected body 
    • protection of the freedom of choice of voters and the secrecy of the vote 
    • the provision of transparent electoral systems and voting methods and the adoption of procedures that produce certainty in electoral outcomes 
    • the provision of impartial mechanisms for resolving disputed elections and polls. 

Key Contacts

Electoral Officer

Dale Ofsoske, Election Services
PO Box 5135, Wesley Street
Auckland 1141
09 973 5212

Hamilton City Governance Team
07 838 6727