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The local election process in Selwyn, and our ward boundaries

Triennial Local Body Elections

Elections for local councils are held every three years. The next triennial local elections in New Zealand will be held in 2022.

You can find results from previous elections in the links above.

Representation Review

Local councils are required under the Local Electoral Act 2001 to undertake a Representation Review each six year period. Selwyn District Council last undertook a review during the 2015 calendar year in preparation for the 2016 elections.

The Representation Review determines detailed arrangements for matters including the number of electoral subdivisions (if any), and their boundaries, names, and number of members. It also decides the basis of election (at large, wards, or a mix of both), and establishment of community boards.

Selwyn District Council will carry out its next Representation Review in 2021.

A Representation Review subcommittee has been established, comprising Councillors Mark Alexander (Chair), Shane Epiha (Deputy Chair), and Jenny Gallagher, Mayor Sam Broughton and Malvern Community Board Chair Mr John Morten.

Agendas and minutes of Representation Review subcommittee meetings will be available on the Council website.

Notice of Council resolution on electoral system and right to demand poll

Notice is given under section 28 of the Local Electoral Act 2001 that Selwyn District Council resolved on 9 September 2020 to retain the First Past the Post electoral system for the 2022 and 2025 triennial elections.

Electors of Selwyn District Council have a right to demand a poll at any time to override the Council’s decision to use the First Past the Post electoral system.

If a valid demand for a poll is received by 22 February 2021, a poll will be held by 21 May 2021 on whether the First Past the Post or the Single Transferable Voting electoral system will be used for the next two triennial elections (2022 and 2025).

If a valid demand for a poll is received after 22 February 2021, a poll will be held after 21 May 2021 with the outcome applicable for the 2025 and 2028 triennial elections.

A valid demand must be:

  • made in writing
  • signed by at least 5 percent of eligible electors of the Selwyn District Council. This equates to 2,016 elector signatures
  • delivered to Selwyn District Council, 2 Norman Kirk Drive, Rolleston, by 5pm, Monday 22 February 2021 (for the outcome of the poll to apply to the 2022 triennial election of Selwyn District Council).

Every elector who signs a demand must also provide their full name and the address for which they are qualified as an elector of Selwyn District Council.

12 September 2020

Previous Election Results:

2019 - 2016 - 2013 - 2010


Selwyn district is broken into four wards for election purposes.  The four wards are:

Further information:

Email or phone the council.