General Elections

New Zealand general elections are held every three years. The Council is not responsible for or involved in General Elections or with Members of Parliament.

The Electoral Commission is responsible for running national general elections. To contact the Electoral Commission, go to, phone 0800 36 76 56, or email

Election Signs

South Wairarapa District Council’s Policy on Election Signs
Election signs not exceeding 3 square metres (m2) in face area are permitted on private property, with the consent of the owner, at any time from Saturday 12 August 2023, up to and until midnight Friday 13 October 2023.

No election campaigning (including the display of election signs) is permitted on Election Day, Saturday 14 October 2023.

Content of election signs
Queries regarding content of election signs including authorisations are to be made to the Electoral Officer.

The Electoral Officer will make a candidate aware of any campaign material that does not have an appropriate authorisation.

Registrars of Electors and Returning Officers | Elections

Queries regarding the placement, size, construct, size of lettering or non-compliant hoardings are to be made to Council’s Planning department:, 06 3069 611 ext 870. Such complaints may result in the sign being removed by Council staff.

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