Hurunui District Council

South Ward
The Hurunui District Council provides local services and facilities, such as public transport, rubbish and recycling, libraries, parks, and recreation facilities. It also makes decisions about building and planning, local regulations, and infrastructure, such as water supply and sewerage. The council is made up of 10 councillors and the mayor. Councillors are elected to represent wards (areas in the district). Four councillors will be elected from the South ward. This is a first past the post (FPP) election, so you vote by ticking the name of your preferred candidate on your ballot paper. Compare the candidates and their policies to decide who to vote for in the Hurunui District Council election.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

Local democracy

Local government is a foundational part of our democracy. But local democracy isn’t just about holding elections every three years – it’s about the day-to-day ways people have their say in the decisions that affect us all.

  • Promote REAL resident engagement, feedback, opinion and discussion by connecting and building relationships and creating forums for this to occur.

    Build cultural competency and capacity within council by embracing, appreciating and including cultural and ethnic diversity, voice and beliefs.

    Listen to, appreciate, and actively represent the views of constituents.

  • Ensure a fully effective South Ward committee is established, for robust and effective local governance and implementation of local actions.

  • Consult with community on the important issues that effect them and ensure that their voices are heard.

    Continue to strongly submit our district's views on proposed new policies and push back on central government when necessary.

    Strongly submit our district's views to the current Local Government Review to maintain our vital local democracy role.

  • Promote an open council culture, across not just elected officials but employees as well.

    Support council to implement reforms where required or push back on others where not fit with region's aims. One size does not fit all.

    Ensure open, consistent and transparent council communications and community engagement.

  • Communicate openly with community on council business and outcomes.

    Embrace Māori engagement and representation.

    Welcome and support ethnic communities to thrive within our district.

  • Align local government elections with central government elections to reduce duplication of costs associated to the ratepayers.

    Remove the extra allowances available to councillors – internet and communication costs.

  • Promote REAL resident engagement, feedback, opinion and discussion by connecting and building relationships and creating forums for this to occur.

    Build cultural competency and capacity within council by embracing, appreciating and including cultural and ethnic diversity, voice and beliefs.

    Listen to, appreciate, and actively represent the views of constituents.

  • Ensure a fully effective South Ward committee is established, for robust and effective local governance and implementation of local actions.

  • Consult with community on the important issues that effect them and ensure that their voices are heard.

    Continue to strongly submit our district's views on proposed new policies and push back on central government when necessary.

    Strongly submit our district's views to the current Local Government Review to maintain our vital local democracy role.

  • Promote an open council culture, across not just elected officials but employees as well.

    Support council to implement reforms where required or push back on others where not fit with region's aims. One size does not fit all.

    Ensure open, consistent and transparent council communications and community engagement.

  • Communicate openly with community on council business and outcomes.

    Embrace Māori engagement and representation.

    Welcome and support ethnic communities to thrive within our district.

  • Align local government elections with central government elections to reduce duplication of costs associated to the ratepayers.

    Remove the extra allowances available to councillors – internet and communication costs.