The Clutha District Council is represented by a Mayor, who is elected by all of the district's voters, and 14 Councillors.  Councillors are elected from eight wards. These are:

  • Balclutha Ward (4 members)
  • Bruce Ward (3 members)
  • Catlins Ward (1 member)
  • Clinton Ward (1 member)
  • Clutha Valley Ward (1 member)
  • Kaitangata-Matau Ward (1 member)
  • Lawrence-Tuapeka Ward (1 member)
  • West Otago Ward (2 members)

There are also Community Boards for Lawrence-Tuapeka and West Otago, each made up of 6 members.

Elections are held under the Local Electoral Act 2001, the Local Electoral Regulations 2001 and the Local Government Act 2002.


Representation Review 2017/18

We are required to review our representation arrangements before the 2019 local body election, so we want to know what you think before we make decisions about things like the number of  councillors, how they should be elected, and the role of community boards.

Currently we have a Mayor elected by all the voters in the district and 14 councillors elected by voters in seven wards. We also have two community boards, one for West Otago and the other for the Lawrence-Tuapeka Ward, each with 6 members. In addition, Council has agreed to retain the status quo by not establishing a Maori ward. This follows discussions with iwi, who indicated their preference to retain the status quo.

The discussion document below was designed to give you fuller information about what is involved in the review process. It also gives some examples of how representation might look with a Council of 14, 12 or 10 Councillors

An initial feedback round ran from 11 November 2017 to 19 January 2018. The information gathered will be taken into account by the Council, who will be putting together a formal statement of proposal for future arrangements. This will be released for formal submissions on 4 July 2018.

Find out everything you need to know in the discussion paper below.

Enrol to vote

To vote in a local authority election you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over,
  • Enrolled as a parliamentary elector at the address where you live; or
  • Enrolled as a ratepayer elector for a property you own in a different district or city from where you live.

If you are already enrolled, you should receive papers before the next elections in the post outlining the details Elections New Zealand holds. If those details are correct, you need do nothing. If they are not correct, or you do not received anything in the mail, go online to  www.elections.org.nz, call 0800 367 656, or complete the appropriate form at any Post Shop before the Electoral Roll closes for that election. 

If you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another then you may qualify to enrol on the ratepayer electoral roll. Contact the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Please note that if you are on the Parliamentary electoral roll you will automatically be on the local authority residential electoral roll.


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