Buller District Council


New Zealand is a democratic country in which the members of parliament (MPs) and local bodies (Mayors and Councillors) are chosen in free and fair elections. Citizens and permanent residents who are aged 18 years and over are required to enrol to vote, though voting is not compulsory.

New Zealand has a single chamber of parliament which consists of the House of Representatives, which generally has 120 MPs, and the Governor-General (who does not personally attend the house). The house is elected for a maximum three-year term using the mixed member proportional (MMP) system. The next general election is scheduled to take place in 2017.

New Zealand also has sub-national elected government bodies including territorial local authorities, district health boards and school boards of trustees. Local body elections are also held every three years, with this year’s election to be held by postal vote on Saturday 8 October 2016.

Local Authority Elections 2016

This year, the following elections will be held (with the number of seats available) and those eligible to vote:

  1. Mayor-Buller District (1) – elected by the district at large 
  2. Buller District Council (10)
    2a. Seddon ward (2) – elected by voters from the Seddon ward 

    2b. Inangahua ward (2) – elected by voters from the Inangahua ward

    2c. Westport ward (6) – elected by voters from the Westport ward

  3. Inangahua Community Board (4) – elected by voters from the Inangahua ward
  4. West Coast Regional Council-Buller Constituency (2) – elected by the district at large
  5. Development West Coast (Trust)-Buller District (1) – elected by the district at large

    The above elections will all be run under the First Past the Post (FPP) system, while the issue listed below will be run under the Single Transferable Voting (STV) System:

  6. West Coast District Health Board (DHB) (7)- elected at large from the whole West Coast region

    Nominations open on Friday 15 July, and close at noon on Friday 12 August.


    Nomination papers can be uplifted from the Council offices in Westport or in Reefton.  They are also available to download using the links above, along with the various sets of documentation that may assist prospective candidates, which can be found using the links below;A. – Notes to be read in conjunction with the issues number 1-5 above

    B. – Tips from the Electoral Officer on the supplying of the candidate profile statement and/or photo for all issues

    C. – A 32-page Information Booklet produced by Local Government NZ, which can be used generically for any local authority in this year’s elections

    D. – A 36-page Information Booklet produced by the Buller District Council, and for more specific use for the 2016 “locally-based” elections

    The DHB also have a publication – District Health Board Elections 2016 – Information for Candidates – for those seeking election to the Health Board, and this is available from

Previous Council Elections

The 3-yearly elections for the various local and ad hoc authorities were held in October 2013. Members were elected using the First Past the Post (FPP) method, ie the highest number of votes wins.

The Following members made up the Buller District Council from October 2013 to October 2016:

Mayor: Garry Howard

Seddon Ward: Lynn Brooks and Sheryl Rhind

Westport Ward: Greg Hart, Sharon Roche, Robyn Nahr, Graham Howard, Phil Rutherford and Andrew Basher

Inangahua Ward: Dave Hawes and Graeme Neylon

Inangahua Community Board: Jenette Hawes, Simon Burke, Susan Barnett, Alun Bollinger

Buller representatives for the West Coast Regional Council are Neal Clementson and Terry Archer

The Buller representative for Development West Coast is Frank Dooley

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Contact the Electoral Officer

For further information please direct all enquiries to the Electoral Officer:

Phone: 03 788 9111
Fax: 03 788 8041
Email: info@bdc.govt.nz

In person:

Brougham House,
6-8 Brougham Street,

By post:

Electoral Officer,
Buller District Council,
PO Box 21,
Westport 7866

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