2013 New Zealand local elections

The 2013 New Zealand local elections were triennial elections to elect local government officials and District Health Board members, and the membership of other local bodies such as Licensing Trusts. All elections were conducted by postal ballot, with election day being Saturday 12 October 2013.[1]

2013 local election posters in western Christchurch

Electoral systems

The local elections were held using postal ballot. Most city and district councils and all but one regional council used the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system, with the exception of the following six city and district councils that used the single transferable vote (STV) voting system:[2]

The Wellington Regional Council was the sole regional council using the STV system.

Environment Canterbury and Kaipara District were under statutory management and no elections were held. All District Health Boards used the STV system.[2]


Under section 10 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, a "general election of members of every local authority or community board must be held on the second Saturday in October in every third year" from the date the Act came into effect in 2001, meaning 12 October 2013.[3]

Key dates for the election as set out by the Electoral Commission are:[4]

1 July 2013Enrolment drive
4 July 2013Householders who did not receive their enrolment pack need to take steps to enrol
16 July 2013Last day for enrolment for postal voting
20 September 2013Postal voting commences
11 October 2013Last day to enrol to vote
12 October 2013Election Day - Voting closes at 12 noon

Political commentator Vernon Small thought that the government would likely try and combine the local elections with the asset sales referendum,[5] but this did not happen. Instead, the referendum was held via postal ballot between 22 November and 13 December.[6]

Mayoral elections

Territorial authorityIncumbentWinner
Ashburton DistrictAngus McKay[7]
Auckland Council (details)Len Brown[8]
Buller DistrictPat McManus[nb 1]Garry Howard[9]
Carterton DistrictRon Mark[nb 2][10]
Central Hawke's Bay DistrictPeter Butler[9]
Central Otago DistrictTony Lepper[7]
Chatham Islands CouncilAlfred Preece[9]
Christchurch City (details)Bob Parker[nb 1]Lianne Dalziel[11]
Clutha DistrictBryan Cadogan[9]
Dunedin City (details)Dave Cull[12]
Far North DistrictWayne BrownJohn Carter[7]
Gisborne DistrictMeng Foon[9]
Gore DistrictTracy Hicks[nb 2][9]
Grey DistrictTony Kokshoorn[nb 2][7]
Hamilton City (details)Julie Hardaker[13]
Hastings DistrictLawrence Yule[9]
Hauraki DistrictJohn Tregidga[9]
Horowhenua DistrictBrendan Duffy[7]
Hurunui DistrictWinton Dalley[nb 2][9]
Hutt CityRay Wallace[7]
Invercargill CityTim Shadbolt[7]
Kaikoura DistrictWinston Gray[7]
Kaipara Districtunder statutory governance[2]
Kapiti Coast DistrictJenny RowanRoss Church[9]
Kawerau DistrictMalcolm Campbell[9]
Mackenzie DistrictClaire Barlow[7]
Manawatu DistrictMargaret Kouvelis[nb 2][9]
Marlborough DistrictAlistair Sowman[7]
Masterton DistrictGarry DaniellLyn Patterson[7]
Matamata-Piako DistrictHugh Vercoe[nb 1]Jan Barnes[9]
Napier CityBarbara Arnott[nb 1]Bill Dalton[9]
Nelson CityAldo MiccioRachel Reese[7]
New Plymouth DistrictHarry DuynhovenAndrew Judd[14]
Opotiki DistrictJohn Forbes[7]
Otorohanga DistrictDale Williams[nb 1]Max Baxter[9]
Palmerston North CityJono Naylor[9]
Porirua CityNick Leggett[15]
Queenstown-Lakes DistrictVanessa van Uden[9]
Rangitikei District (details)Chalky LearyAndy Watson[9]
Rotorua DistrictKevin WintersSteve Chadwick[7]
Ruapehu DistrictSue Morris[nb 1]Don Cameron[9]
Selwyn DistrictKelvin Coe[9]
South Taranaki DistrictRoss Dunlop[7]
South Waikato DistrictNeil Sinclair[9]
South Wairarapa DistrictAdrienne Staples[nb 2][16]
Southland DistrictFrana Cardno[nb 1][17]Gary Tong[17]
Stratford DistrictNeil Volzke[7]
Tararua DistrictRoly Ellis[7]
Tasman DistrictRichard Kempthorne[7]
Taupo DistrictRick Cooper[nb 1]David Trewavas[7]
Tauranga CityStuart Crosby[7]
Thames-Coromandel DistrictGlenn Leach[9]
Timaru DistrictJanie Annear[nb 1]Damon Odey[9]
Upper Hutt CityWayne Guppy[7]
Waikato DistrictAllan Sanson[9]
Waimakariri DistrictDavid Ayers[nb 2][9]
Waimate DistrictJohn Coles[nb 1]Craig Rowley[7]
Waipa DistrictAlan Livingston[nb 1]Jim Mylchreest[9]
Wairoa DistrictLes ProbertCraig Little[9]
Waitaki DistrictAlex Familton[nb 1]Gary Kircher[9]
Waitomo DistrictBrian Hanna[9]
Wanganui DistrictAnnette Main[7]
Wellington City (details)Celia Wade-Brown[7]
Western Bay of Plenty DistrictRoss Paterson[7]
Westland DistrictMaureen Pugh[nb 1]Mike Havill[9]
Whakatane DistrictTony Bonne[7]
Whangarei DistrictMorris Cutforth[nb 1]Sheryl Mai[9]
  1. Did not seek re-election
  2. Elected unopposed

See also


  1. "2013 Local Elections FAQs". Chief Electoral Officer. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. "Voting and Becoming a Councillor". Department of Internal Affairs. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  3. "Local Electoral Act 2001". Parliamentary Counsel Office. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  4. "Timeline for 2013 Local Elections". Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  5. Small, Vernon (28 February 2013). "It's hug-a-judge time for Key over asset sales ruling". The Press. p. A13. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  6. Bennett, Adam (30 September 2013). "Govt sets date for asset sale referendum". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
  7. "Brown, Dalziel first winners in local body vote". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). 12 October 2013. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  8. "'Humbled' Brown back for Auckland". The New Zealand Herald. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  9. "Election results: Around the country". The New Zealand Herald. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  10. "2013 Local Government Elections Nominations". Carterton District Council. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  11. Cairns, Lois; Conway, Glenn (12 October 2013). "Lianne Dalziel is Christchurch's mayor". The Press. Archived from the original on 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  12. "Dave Cull returned as Dunedin mayor". Otago Daily Times. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  13. Adamas, Daniel (12 October 2013). "Julie Hardaker re-elected as Hamilton mayor". Waikato Times (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  14. "Andrew Judd elected mayor of New Plymouth". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  15. "Leggett wins second term as Porirua mayor". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.
  16. "Local Body Elections 2013". South Wairarapa District Council. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  17. "2013 local body election results". The Southland Times. 12 October 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2013.