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The Council consists of 12 elected representatives – a mayor and 11 councillors - who are voted in by residents and ratepayers every three years.  The elected representatives are drawn from four wards: Malvern (main town Darfield); Selwyn Central (main town, Rolleston); Springs (main town, Lincoln); and Ellesmere (main town, Leeston).

Remuneration of elected members is set by the Remuneration Authority.

Elections are held every three years (next election October 2019) for the following:

(a) Mayor

(b) Eleven (11) councillors, as follows:

  • Ellesmere Ward: two (2) councillors
  • Malvern Ward: two (2) councillors
  • Selwyn Central Wards: four (4) councillors
  • Springs Ward: three (3) councillors

(c) Five (5) members of the Malvern Community Board, as follows:

  • Three (3) members by the electors of the Hawkins subdivision
  • Two (2) members by the electors of the Tawera subdivision

2019 Local Body Elections

The next triennial local body elections will be held in 2019. Subject to the final determination of any current representation reviews, elections will be held for:

1 Mayor

2 councillors to represent the Ellesmere Ward

2 councillors to represent the Malvern Ward

4 councillors to represent the Selwyn Ward

3 councillors to represent the Springs Ward

3 members to represent the Hawkins Subdivision of the Malvern Community Board

2 members to represent the Tawera Subdivision of the Malvern Community Board

2 members to represent the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (Environment Canterbury)

7 members to represent the Canterbury District Health Board

Key dates for the 2019 elections are:

From 17 July                       Elections will be advertised and nominations called

19 July                                Nominations open

16 August                           Nominations close at midday

20 September                    Voter packs mailed to electors. Voting opens

12 October                         Voting closes at midday. Progress result asap thereafter

By 17 October                   Official result released

From 17 October              Official result advertised.

A candidate handbook for the 2019 election will be prepared and made available from this website by 31 May 2019. Nomination forms will be available in early July 2019.

If you are enrolled as a parliamentary elector you will automatically be placed on council’s electoral roll as a residential elector. If you need to enrol or update existing name or address details on the parliamentary electoral roll, you can do so at any Post Shop, online at or by phoning 0800 36 76 56.

If you pay rates on property within the council area but live outside that area you may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector. A copy of the ratepayer enrolment form  [PDF, 121 KB]can be downloaded.

Further election related documents or links will be available from this page throughout 2019.

Previous Election Results:

2016 - 2013 - 2010 - 2007


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

You can also enter your details to find out what ward you are in, on the Electoral Commission's enrol page.

Further information:

Email or phone the council.