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Council elections

Every three years, the people of Buller vote for a Mayor, councillors and community board members to represent their community.

The Buller District Council consists of 11 elected members, the Mayor and 10 councillors.

The district is divided into three wards – Seddon (2 elected representatives), Westport (6 elected representatives) and Inangahua (2 elected representatives). There are also four representatives on the Inangahua Community Board.

The final result for the Buller District Council elections held on Saturday 8 October 2022 are:

Buller District Council elected members

  • Mayor - Jamie Cleine

Inangahua Ward

  • Linda Webb
  • Graeme Neylon

Seddon Ward

  • Rosalie Sampson
  • Toni O’Keefe

Westport Ward

  • Joanne Howard
  • Phil Grafton
  • Grant Weston
  • Annelise Pfahlert
  • Andrew Basher
  • Colin Reidy

Non-elected Maori Portfolio Councillor

  • Ned Tauwhare

The Council was sworn in on 19 October 2022. Meet Buller District's Mayor and councillors.

Buller District Council 2022 Triennial Elections final results

The final 2022 results and voting details are found below, as declared by John Rodger, Buller District Council Electoral Officer:

  • CLEINE, Jamie (2,244)
  • O’DEA, Patrick  (1,284)
  • OSMASTON, Richard – Money Free Party New Zealand  (116)
  • INFORMAL (3)

I therefore declare Jamie CLEINE as elected.

  • SAMPSON, Rosalie Mary (429)
  • O’KEEFE, Toni – Independent (297)
  • LIGHTBOWN, Barry – Independent (219)
  • HILTON, Jim – Independent (207)
  • MARSH, Dick (Richard) (155)
  • INFORMAL (1)

I therefore declare Rosalie Mary SAMPSON and Toni O’KEEFE as elected.

  • WEBB, Linda (366)
  • NEYLON, Graeme (364)
  • SMITH, Kevin (146)
  • INFORMAL (0)

I therefore declare Linda WEBB and Graeme NEYLON as elected.

  • HOWARD, Joanne (1,532)
  • GRAFTON, Phil (1,342)
  • WESTON, Grant (1,323)
  • PFAHLERT, Annelise (1,260)
  • BASHER, Andrew (1,149)
  • REIDY, Colin – Independent (1,026)
  • BEAUMONT, Andrew (849)
  • VAEGA, Ruth (840)
  • MCDONALD, Rehia (832)
  • PHILLIPS, Douglas (707)
  • KOLFF, Anni (482)
  • STEELE CLARKSON, Mikaere (168)
  • INFORMAL (3)

I therefore declare Joanne HOWARD, Phil GRAFTON, Grant WESTON, Annelise PFAHLERT, Andrew BASHER, and Colin REIDY as elected.

As there were only the four nominees for the 4 vacancies, the following are declared elected: Dean GIDDENS, Alun BOLLINGER, Robyn ABBEY, and Ashleigh NEIL.

The voter return for the Buller District was 48.2%, being 3,748 votes, excluding special votes.

Although there were two other issues in the Buller, being the election of two Buller councillors for the West Coast Regional Council, and the election of one Buller trustee for Development West Coast, the final results for these will be declared by the respective Electoral Officers, and these will be available on the Regional Council website or the DWC website

John Rodger
Electoral Officer
Buller District Council
14 October 2022

Pre-election reports

The aim pre-election reports is to give our community sufficient information to debate and discuss the key issues facing the Buller District ahead of each election.

The report includes Council’s current financial position and the key issues and major projects that Council is working on and plans to deliver over the next three-years.

This report helps voters to choose the candidates you believe have the skills and expertise to shape the district you want to live, work, and play in.

This document enables people considering standing for Council, to assess Council’s past performance and understand what is on Council’s horizon over the coming three-years.

Every chief executive officer of a local territorial authority must produce a report that helps voters to consider how well Council has performed and give an overview of the issues facing Council in the future.

Section 99A of the Local Government Act 2002 requires that a pre-election report must not contain any statement by, or photograph of any elected member, or any narrative produced by the mayor or chairperson. The report complies fully with the Act in this respect.

Relevant documents relating to previous elections:




Information for candidates

Information for candidates in the Buller local body elections, such as relevant dates and information, is released ahead of each three-yearly local body election.

Candidates can find useful information here:

 Voting and special voting

Every three years, the people of Buller vote for their Mayor, councillors and community board members to represent the community.

You can enroll or update your details at any time.

The Electoral Commission has a lot of useful information on how to vote, and how to enrol to vote, accessible in different formats.