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In 2019, the Tauranga City Council elections will use the Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system.

STV is a type of preferential voting system where voters rank some or all candidates in order of preference.

This means that voters write ‘1’ next to their favourite candidate, ‘2’ next to their second-favourite, and so on. Voters can rank as few or as many candidates as they wish. The more candidates that are ranked by a voter, the greater the contribution their vote makes to the final result.

You can learn more about STV at:

Single Transferable Vote
STV Information - Department of Internal Affairs


Tauranga City Council formerly used the first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system.

Under FPP, the voter places a tick in the box beside the name of their preferred candidate(s), and the candidate(s) with the most votes are elected.

More about FPP - Department of Internal Affairs

How to vote

The 2019 election will be a postal vote.

Voting papers will be delivered to your home by 25 September. You will have to return them by noon on 12 October for your vote to count.

You can return the voting papers by post or in person to Council libraries or our Willow Street service centre. You will not be able to vote online.

If you do not receive voting papers by 25 September, then please contact Tauranga City Council.

Last Reviewed: 06/05/2019


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