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Local Body Elections

​​​​​​Methven Community Board by-election 2020

The by-election covers the extraordinary vacancy for one Methven Community Board member.  The extraordinary vacancy has arisen from insufficient nominations received during the 2019 triennial elections to fill all vacancies on the Methven Community Board.

Voting closed at 12 noon on Tuesday 18 February 2020.

View the Final Results

​Key dates

Key dates for the by-election are:
Monday 25 November      Nominations opened and preliminary electoral roll available
Monday 23 December       Nominations closed at midday
Monday 27 January           Delivery of voting papers starts (until Saturday 1 February)
Polling Day                        Tuesday 18 February 2020​

[As more than one nomination was received for this vacancy an election was conducted by postal voting under the First Past the Post electoral system]

By-election information​​

​The electoral ​roll is available for inspection at the Council office, 5 Baring Square West, Ashburton; the Ashburton Library, Havelock Street, Ashburton; and the Methven i-Site Visitor Centre, Main Street, Methven.

​​Nomina​tio​ns received

CAMPBELL, Leonie                     Nominated by Shirley Lock and Sally Withell
DICKSON, Tammy                       Nominated by Liz McMillan and Hamish Gilpin
OWEN, Richard                            Nominated by James Urquhart and Chistopher Rundle


View the voting returns

​Anthony Morton
Electoral Officer
​Phone: 0800 398 683 or Email:

Triennial Elections 2019

Voting closed at 12 noon on Saturday 12 October 2019

View the Final Results
View the Preliminary Results released on Sunday 13 October
View the Progress Results released on Saturday 12 October
View the daily vote return statistics

Nominations received

Nominations for the local body elections closed at 12 noon, Friday 16 August.

View the nominations received

Candidate information

View Candidate contact details for the Ashburton District Council and Ashburton Licensing Trust

The  Candidate Profile booklet will be delivered with voting papers from 20-24 September.  In the meantime you can look at a preview of statements that candidates have provided.  The candidates are listed under the election they are standing for.

View the Candidate Profile Booklet

Download the candidate handbook for the 2019 election.

Candidates' election expense return forms

Are you enrolled?

​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 can be downloaded here.

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

Anthony Morton
Electoral Officer
Phone: 0800 398 683 or Email:​

Roles t​o​​ elect

Elections will be held for:

One Mayor
Five councillors to represent the Ashburton Ward
Two councillors to represent the Eastern Ward
Two councillors to represent the Western Ward
Four nominations were received for five vacancies for the Methven Community Board
Six members to represent the Ashburton Licensing Trust​​

Two members to represent the Mid Canterbury Constituency of the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan)

Seven members to represent the Canterbury District Health Board

In the 2018-19 Representation Review, the number of councillors in the Ashburton District reduced from 12 to nine and some changes were made to ward boundaries. The Ashburton Ward has been extended and includes the area around Lake Hood. The boundary between the Eastern and Western Wards was shifted closer to State Highway One.

Ward boundary map​s

​View the ward boundary maps​ ​ or click on the map below for greater detail

​​Key dates

Key dates for the 2019 elections are:

From 17 July                   Elections will be advertised and nominations called
19 July                             Nominations open
23 July                             ADC Candidate Information Evening - 5.30pm, Council Chamber View the presentation​
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.​​​