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By-election dates confirmed

Monday November 16 2020

Palmerston North City Council will hold a by-election for one seat on the Council, following the resignation of Councillor Tangi Utikere.

Voting is open from 26 January to 17 February 2021

“This by-election is an opportunity for voters to elect a new member of Council who will represent the diverse range of views and perspectives that exist in our community,” says Mayor Grant Smith.

“I strongly encourage people to participate in the local by-election, either by standing or supporting a candidate, and casting a vote. It’s really important people feel that their views are being represented fairly around the Council table.”

Thinking about standing?

Nominations open on 24 November and close on Tuesday 22 December at 12pm.

To stand for election, you must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen, and
  • enrolled as an elector (this also means you must be 18 years or older) and
  • nominated by two electors from Palmerston North.

Information sessions for prospective candidates

To help anyone considering standing for Council, information sessions are being held at the Council Chambers on Thursday 26 November. Two sessions are being held: 12.30 to 1.30pm and 5.30 to 6.30pm.

Councillors and staff will be on hand to talk through how Council operates, how it reports and how key projects are progressing, and also to give a quick overview of next year’s 10-Year Plan. We will announce further details about these sessions soon. Everyone is welcome.

“We have just had a general election with a great number of people voting – we’d love to see that enthusiasm continue in our city. For those who have turned 18, moved to the city, or purchased a property in the city since the general election, I strongly encourage them to enrol or update their records.”

Voting packs will be sent out in the mail on 26 January 2021 to all those who have enrolled.

Warwick Lampp of has been appointed as the Electoral Officer for the by-election, and Hannah White, PNCC Democracy and Governance Manager is the Deputy Electoral Officer.

Key dates

  • Tuesday 24 November: Nominations open
  • Tuesday 22 December: Nominations close at 12pm
  • Tuesday 26 January: Voter packs sent out in the mail, and voting opens
  • Wednesday 17 February: Voting closes at 12pm
  • Monday 22 February: Official results announced