Voting for local body elections opens tomorrow.

Voting packs arrive in letterboxes around the country between tomorrow and September 21. The voting document needs to be in the return post by October 5, and voting closes at midday on October 8.

In Auckland, more than one million voters will receive a document with instructions and information about the 468 candidates contesting 170 positions.

This includes the role of mayor, 20 ward councillors and 149 local board representatives.


Electors will also be asked to choose 21 representatives for three district health boards and 35 representatives for five local licensing trusts.

• Information on candidates and instructions on how to vote and where to drop your vote if you miss the postal deadline is on