Tauranga Council by-election dates announced

The by-election is being held in the city’s Otumoetai/Pyes Pa ward to find a replacement for former councillor Jako Abrie.

Key dates have been announced for next year’s Tauranga City Council by-election.

The by-election is being held in the city’s Otumoetai/Pyes Pa ward to find a replacement for former councillor Jako Abrie, who resigned earlier this month.

The first important date is November 24, when nominations will open for candidates, and the people of Otumoetai/Pyes Pa will be encouraged to enrol to vote.

Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp says that, in practice, people could already visit the Electoral Commission’s website to check their enrolment details and enrol to vote.

“Most people will already be enrolled, as the same electoral roll was used for last month’s general election.

“If you’re not sure about your enrolment, I’d encourage you to visit the Electoral Commission’s website to make sure you’re able to have your say when voting starts.”

Also on November 24, nominations will open for people wishing to stand for council in the by-election.

November 24

Public can enrol to vote
Candidate nominations open

December 22

Electoral rolls close
Candidate nominations close

January 26

Delivery of voting papers starts
Special voting opens

January 31

Last day for delivery of voting papers

February 17

Election day

February 17

Progress results available as soon as practical after voting closes

February 20

Declaration of final results (estimated date)

People can vote in the by-election only if they are enrolled in Otumoetai/Pyes Pa or pay rates on a property in the ward but live outside it.

The council’s web-page at has a ward boundary map and a search tool to help people determine which ward they are in.

The by-election will be conducted by post using the same Single-Transferable Vote (STV) system used in last year’s city-wide election.

Any questions about the by-election can be directed to the Electoral Officer on 021 498 517.


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Posted on 12-11-2020 21:18 | By

a councilor resigns then the next on the list moves up pretty simple

Tom Ranger

Posted on 06-11-2020 12:32 | By

Equality - I have a feeling it works out better monetarilly for the council and decision was made before public consultation/Insultation. Hence why they’ve justified putting all the local collection business out of the job. As with most things these days...Follow the money trail and we will find the answers and true intentions of people sayig they are here to help us. Jako should run for mayor imo

Long Time

Posted on 06-11-2020 11:33 | By Told you

It does seem a long program to elect a replacement for the council,I agree why can’t the next highest candidate from the last election be elected to council. A referendum for the Bins, yes please, or is like water meters,already ordered?


Posted on 04-11-2020 17:29 | By Equality

Wouldn’t it be great if they could combine a referendum regarding the ’bins’ at the same time !! They’d soon see then what the majority of ratepayers want! But they won’t do it!!

I agree with Slim Shady on this.

Posted on 04-11-2020 12:37 | By morepork

Unfortunately, it is probably not legally possible to "bin the lot"...

bi election

Posted on 03-11-2020 14:27 | By dumbkof2

why does it take so long to have a bi election.why can;t the next highest polling candidate from the last election be selected. surely this can be done quickly ad easily and far cheaper

Enter the Room

Posted on 03-11-2020 14:12 | By

Here come the usual suspects in to the room, Murray being the ringleader. Flick mud then disappear to the cheap seats to throw tomatoes from a distance.

Dissolve Council

Posted on 03-11-2020 13:58 | By

What with the Mayor off sick and Larry the Snitch too busy digging up dirt rather than working, they should just bin the lot and have a full election.