Have your say: WCC voting open

Voting for the WCC elections opened on Friday 16th and closes Saturday 8th October. 

It is important to get out and use your vote to help shape the future of our city.

Have you received your voting papers in the post?  Delivery should have occurred between 16-21st September.  There are a huge number of places that you can drop off your completed voting forms:

  • By NZ Post: If you are using a post box, it is recommended you post your vote by 4 October to ensure it’s received before the cut-off date.
  • To a ballot box: There are over 50 Wellington City Council-branded ballot boxes where you can drop off your voting papers across Wellington. Ballot boxes are provided at every Wellington supermarket and Council library, as well as several other locations. Votes can be delivered to ballot boxes up to 12 noon on Saturday 8 October. 
  • To a Wellington City Council voting hub: You can also be issued a special vote at these locations.

If you don’t have your forms or were not enrolled in time you can still cast a special vote.

See the WCC website for more details on how to vote and how to cast a special vote: https://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/elections/2022-elections/information-for-voters/how-to-vote

And just a reminder of who is running (in alphabetical order):

Wellington Mayor

  • Ellen Blake – Independent
  • Ray Chung – Independent
  • Chris Dudfield – Independent – Vision/Skills/Results (Mayor and Southern Ward)
  • Paul Eagle – Independent
  • Andy Foster – Together for Wellington
  • Kelvin Hastie – Future Wellington
  • Donald Newtown McDonald – Our truth all but whole truth
  • Barbara McKenzie – Independent
  • Tory Whānau – Independent

Mãori Ward

  • Ali Hamlin-Paenga
  • Matthew Reweti – Labour
  • Nīkau Wi Neera – Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

Southern Ward

  • Nureddin Abdurahmam – Labour
  • Inoke Afeaki – Independent
  • Dipak Bhana – Independent #Together for Wellington
  • Urmilla Bhana – Independent
  • Jonathan Coppard – Action on Climate
  • Chris Dudfield – Independent – Vision/Skills/Results
  • Laurie Foon – Green
  • Iain Alasdair MacLeod – Get Wellington back on course
  • Ate Moala – Independent
  • Paula Muollo – Independent

You can watch a recording of the Meet the candidates night hosted by Island Bay Residents’ Association and Owhiro Bay Residents’ Association here.

If you are interested in finding out some more details on these candidates here are some sites that have been collating information on various community issues:


Head to the official WCC page for information on candidates, their candidate statement and contact details:


And this site for candidate information and policy statements: policy.nz/2022

A couple of Mayoral debates to wet your appetite:

1 News QandA Mayoral debate


RNZ Morning Report 21/9/22


Views on climate change

Vote climate has asked candidates their views on 4 key issues:

See the candidates responses here: https://www.voteclimate.org.nz/candidates

Where do they stand on climate justice? https://localelections.nz/

Views on living streets and safer walking: https://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=147451

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