2022 Local Government Elections

Find out about the upcoming 2022 Local Government elections.

Key Dates

From 13 JulyElections will be advertised and nominations called.
15 JulyCandidate nominations open.
12 AugustCandidate nominations close at midday.
16 SeptemberVoter packs mailed out.
Voting opens.
8 OctoberVoting  closes at midday.
Progress result released during afternoon.
by 13 OctoberOfficial result released.

Elections will be held for

  • Mayor of Lower Hutt
  • 1 Western Ward Councillor
  • 1 Harbour Ward Councillor
  • 1 Northern Ward Councillor
  • 1 Central Ward Councillor
  • 1 Eastern Ward Councillor
  • 1 Wainuiomata Ward Councillor
  • 6 City-Wide Councillors
  • Eastbourne Community Board - 5 members
  • Petone Community Board - 6 members
  • Wainuiomata Community Board - 6 members

  • 3 Members from Lower Hutt

  • 2 Members from Lower Hutt

Council resolved last year to conduct a poll for which electoral system to use in the 2025 and 2028 local body elections. The poll will ask voters to choose between the First Past the Post (FPP) and Single Transferable Voting (STV) systems.

For the 2022 elections Hutt City Council, it's Community Boards and Hutt Mana Charitable Trust will use First Past the Post (FPP). Greater Wellington Regional Council elections use Single Transferable Voting (STV).

Pre-election report

The Hutt City Council pre-election report will be available soon.

Information about pre-election reports can be found on localcouncils.govt.nz.


Nominations are open from 9am, Friday 15 July to 12noon, Friday 12 August.

Elected members are responsible for

  • representing the interests of the council,
  • preparing and adopting the Long-Term Plan, Annual Plan and Annual Report,
  • setting rates and bylaws,
  • decision-making on regulatory matters,
  • setting strategies, policies and plans,
  • governing Council-Controlled Organisations (CCOs),
  • consulting with and considering the views of local communities,
  • monitoring and reviewing the Council’s performance.

To stand for Council you need to

  • Be  a New Zealand citizen
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be enrolled to vote
  • Be nominated by two people (you cannot nominate yourself)
    • They must be aged over 18 and enrolled to vote in the ward or area where you are nominated
  • Complete and submit your nomination form
  • Provide a deposit of $200.

Things to note

  • You cannot stand for election to both the Hutt City Council and the Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • You cannot stand for election in more than one ward or constituency of the same authority. eg. You cannot stand for election to Council in one of the Wards and the City at Large at the same time
  • You cannot have concerns or interests in contracts over $25,000 with the local authority. This may be waived if you get approval from the Office of the Auditor-General before standing.

Hutt City CouncilNomination forms will be available in early July 2022
Greater Wellington Regional CouncilSee the Greater Wellington Regional Council Elections site for more information
Hutt Mana Charitable TrustForms will be made available

A candidate handbook will be made available in early June.

Read the 2019 Candidate handbook (PDF 2.2MB) as an example of what information is included.