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As the result of a recent bereavement, an extraordinary vacancy has occurred in the Raglan Community Board of the Waikato District Council. A by-election is now required to be held for one vacancy for the Raglan Community Board on Thursday 9 December 2021.

The by-election will be conducted by postal vote 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 Waikato District Council.


The following persons have been nominated for the vacancy:

  • BINNERSLEY, Kiri (Independent)
  • VINK, Alan (Independent)

Voting Period

Voting documents will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Wednesday 17 November 2021.

The voting period is three weeks (Wednesday 17 November2021 to noon Thursday 9 December 2021).

Return of Voting Documents

Voting documents must be returned no later than 12 noon, Thursday 9 December 2021 to the electoral officer, Waikato District Council.

Voting documents can be returned:

  • by post using the pre-paid envelope sent with the voting documents, or
  • hand-delivered during normal business hours from Wednesday 17 November 2021, providing COVID-19 alert levels allow, to the following locations:
    • Waikato District Council’s Head Office, 15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia, or
    • The Raglan Office and Library, 7 Bow Street, Raglan.

Special voting

Special voting in terms of the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 may be exercised at the above times and locations.

Full information can be found below:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q1: I have received two voting documents

You will need to call the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Q2: I received a voting document for a member of my family (e.g. child, parent) who does not live here. What should I do with the voting document?

If they are overseas, you could post it to the person or destroy it if that is not practicable.

If they are for an elderly parent who is incapable of voting, please destroy it by ripping/cutting it up. You cannot vote on their behalf unless instructed by them.

If you are acting as a Power of Attorney for this person please note this does not apply to voting for that person.

Q3: I received a voting document that does not belong to me and I don’t know this person or where this person has gone.

Write GNA (Gone No Address) on the envelope and put it back in the mail.

Q4: Do I have to post my voting document back?

You can post it but make sure you have it in the mail in time to make sure it gets back to us in time (by 12 noon Thursday 9th December 2021).

Alternatively, you can also hand deliver your voting document to either the Raglan or Ngaruawahia Waikato District Council Branch during the voting period, Wednesday 17 November 2021 through until 12 noon Thursday 9 December 2021.


Q5: I didn’t receive my voting document; how do I obtain a special vote?


Are you on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll for the address you want to vote for?

  • Yes – You will need to apply for a special vote. For special vote availability, see the next question.
  • No/Unsure - If you are not enrolled or not enrolled correctly on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, you will need to check your details online at or complete an enrolment form for this. You can pick one up at any New Zealand Post agency, or you can enrol online at or ring 0800 36 76 56 or send your name and address to Freetext 3676.

Q6: Where can I obtain a special vote?

Special votes can be obtained from:

  • Ngaruawahia Head Office, 15 Galileo Street, Ngaruawahia
  • Raglan Office, 7 Bow Street, Raglan
  • or by phoning 0800 922 822

All special votes need to be completed and returned to the electoral officer or an electoral official (at either of the above locations) by 12 noon, Thursday 9 December 2021.

Q7: What is FPP and how do I vote in an FPP election?


FPP stands for first past the post voting system and is used for the Waikato District Council, the Te Kauwhata Licensing Trust and the Waikato Regional Council elections.

The candidate or candidates that gets the most votes wins.

You should mark those you want to vote for with a tick in the circle. Do not vote for more than the number of candidates shown in the instructions on your voting document.

Q8: I spoiled my voting documents / I have made a mistake on my documents. What can I do?

If you can amend it so that your voting intention is clear, then do so.

If necessary, we can issue you with a special voting document (for special vote availability, see Q7), but this will take time and require you to complete a declaration.