12 July 2022

Everything Kāpiti

Ngā Pitopito kōrero mai i te Kaunihera o Kāpiti

Kia ora Kāpiti

Welcome to this special Local Elections 2022 edition of Everything Kāpiti. 

Local elections will take place around New Zealand on 8 October and our community will decide who will govern our district for the next three years. 

Local government only succeeds if people who care for their communities are prepared to vote and serve.
As an elected member, you will need to balance short-term and long-term responsibilities; focus on the overall performance of Council, such as how we meet community expectations and aspirations, fulfil statutory obligations and look after our assets; and work to build and protect a culture of inclusion and belonging. 
You will need to speak on behalf of the diverse range of individuals and organisations in your community, and make decisions that consider the needs of both current and future generations.
Think you might be up for the job or want to know how to have your say? 
Read on for everything you need to know.

What's new this week icon  What's new this week

A crash course in Council

Did you know that one of the most common reasons people give for not voting is that they don’t see the work of Council as relevant to them? 
Every day, we work to deliver the infrastructure and services that keeps our community ticking. A big part of our job is planning for the future to protect the things we love most about Kāpiti. Elected members need to make decisions that not only affect you today but also plan for 10, 20 or 30 years into the future. Those decisions should be pretty important to most of the community, right?
To help, we’re taking you on a crash course of what we do and why we do it. 
Why? Because your vote matters and you might be surprised by how much our work impacts your daily life. 

Read more

Get involved icon  Get involved

Are you enrolled yet? 

Over 18 years of age and haven’t voted before? You need to enrol to vote before August 12. Enrol online now at, call 0800 36 76 56 or pick up a form from one of our service centres or libraries. 
If you voted in the last parliamentary election, you will automatically be enrolled. If you have moved recently, make sure you check and update your details at
If you’re enrolled by 12 August, you will receive your voting documents in the mail between 16-21 September so that you can vote by post. If you don’t enrol by then you will need to apply to our Electoral Officer to cast a ‘special vote’. 

Enrol now!

Make a stand 

Candidate nominations are now open.
The Council is made up of the Mayor and 10 Councillors, and has a long-standing partnership with mana whenua in the district represented by Ngāti Toa Rangātira, Ngā Hapū o Ōtaki and Ātiawa ki Whakarongotai Charitable Trust. Council representatives discuss matters of social, environmental, economic and cultural significance in our district.  
Community Boards work with Councillors to represent the interests of the people in each of our towns and villages. Kāpiti is currently served by 16 community board members and following a representation review in 2021, a fifth community board representing Raumati will be added to existing boards for Ōtaki, Waikanae, Paraparaumu and Paekākāriki for the first time.
Local government has always been a multifaceted, challenging and rewarding area to work in and significant change is on the horizon with three national reform programmes underway. In addition, local authorities are the coalface for big issues like climate change, housing, and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’re seeking candidates that are prepared to engage with our community, work to build and protect a culture of inclusion and belonging, and to lead our district through a time of significant change.
A comprehensive candidate information handbook is available on our website. It contains information on roles and responsibilities of elected members and how to campaign for election.
Local Government New Zealand have also put together a guide for candidates, which is a great resource.

Learn more

How do I stand as a candidate? 

Standing is easy - go to our website, check out our Candidate Handbook and fill out your nomination papers. Each role needs its own separate nomination form. So, if you want to run for Mayor and Councillor, you need to fill out two forms. 
Candidates must be New Zealand citizens and be enrolled in the general or Māori roll anywhere in New Zealand. 
You will need to provide: 
  • Each form needs to be supported by two members of the community who live in the ward that you’re standing for.  
  • Each application requires a deposit of $200, which will be refunded if you receive 25% or more of the votes.  
  • With each nomination, you can provide a 150-word profile and picture of yourself. This will be printed in a booklet and sent out with the voting papers.  
Only complete applications can be processed, and we can’t accept any nomination past noon on Friday 12 August.  

Want to learn more about being an elected member? 

We’re organising Candidate Info briefings where you can learn more about what it’s like to be an elected member. These are open sessions for anyone interested in standinge.  

Briefings will be held at the following times and places: 

  • Raumati South Community Hall 
    Saturday 23 July
    Tennis Court Road, Raumati South 
  • Waikanae Community Centre 
    Tuesday 26 July
    28–32 Utauta Street, Waikanae 
  • Council Chambers, Paraparaumu
    Wednesday 27 July
    Ground floor, 175 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu
    Remote attendance also available by Zoom
  • Ngā Purapura (Te Wānanga) 
    Tuesday 2 August
    145 Tasman Road, Ōtaki 
  • St Peters Hall 
    Tuesday 9 August
    Cnr Beach Road and Ames Street, Paekākāriki
Learn more

How do I vote?

We use the STV (single-transferable vote) electoral system for local elections. STV means that voters can rank candidates in order of preference, rather than simply picking their most preferred candidate for each vacancy. Instead of putting a tick beside the candidates you want to vote for, you rank them with numbers. 
Candidates must reach a set number (quota) of votes in order to be elected. The quota is based on the total number of votes and the number of vacant positions. 

The counting process tallies all first preference votes. 
The process looks like this:
  • A candidate is elected if they reach the quota.
  • If a candidate is elected, they keep only the proportion of the vote they need to reach the quota. The surplus part of each vote is transferred to the voter's second preference. 
  • The votes are tallied again. 
  • If another candidate reaches the quota or gets more votes than they need to be elected, the surplus part of each vote for that candidate will be transferred to the voter's third preference. 
  • If no more candidates reach the quota, the lowest polling candidate is eliminated and all votes for that candidate are transferred to those voters' next preferences. 
  • This process is repeated until enough candidates are elected to fill the vacant positions.
Learn more about the STV electoral system

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