Election Information

Find out when the 2022 Local Government Elections will be held and how to vote.

Key Dates

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

Download the 2022 Hutt City Council pre-election report

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

Guides with general information about the 2022 local elections in accessible formats have been developed for people:

  • with low vision
  • who are deaf
  • with reading, learning or intellectual disabilities
Guide Large Print FormatAudio Easy Read Sign Language
Enrolling and Voting Read the guideListen to the guideRead the guideWatch the guide
Standing as a Candidate Read the guideListen to the guide Watch the guide

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

At the 2022 elections, voters will decide which electoral system will be used for Hutt City Council elections in 2025 and 2028. The choices are first-past-the-post (FPP) or single transferable voting(STV).

The Local Electoral Act 2001 provides the two options for Councils to use. Hutt City Council decided in September 2020 to hold a poll during the 2022 local elections, to determine which system voters in Lower Hutt prefer.

Read more about the Electoral System Poll.


Voting Pack Deliveries - updated 22/09/22

Voting packs for the local elections should have been received by Wednesday 21 September. If you have not received your voting pack please see the information below about casting a special vote.

Voting Returns

View the voting returns for Lower Hutt on electionz.com.

Special Voting

Special Voting runs from Friday 16 September 2022 to midday on Saturday 8 October 2022.

Special voting booths will be available at the following locations for electors to vote in person:

Location Hours available
16 September - 7 October
Hours available Saturday 1 October Hours available
Saturday 8 October
Council Main Admin Building 8am - 5pm Monday to Friday
(excludes Monday 26 September)
Not available 9am - 12noon
Koraunui Stokes Valley Community Hub 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
(excludes Monday 26 September)
Not available Not available
Walter Nash Centre, Taita 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
(excludes Monday 26 September)
9am - 3pm 9am - 12noon
Wainuiomata Community Hub 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday
(excludes Monday 26 September)
10am - 2pm 9am - 12noon

Special voting will also be available at Wainuiomata Marae on Wednesday 5 October, 10am - 2pm.

Ordinary Voting

Ordinary votes may be posted or dropped off in the orange ballot bins at any of the following locations:

An orange wheelie bin with Vote here! on the side and a ballot hole in the top.

Note on representation review

Hutt City Council is also reviewing how many councillors we have and how they’re elected next year. We’re required to review this at least once every six years, under the Local Electoral Act 2001. This means we’ll also look at things like whether we have wards (including Māori wards). We’ll be putting out a lot more information about this review next year, including opportunities for public feedback and for communities to share their views.