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Source: Auckland Council

Nominations to the by-election for Albert-Eden Local Board (Maungawhau subdivision) closed on 25 March 2021.

The following candidate nominations have been received:

  • Jose Fowler – Independent
  • Will McKenzie – C&R Communities & Residents
  • Bernadette Power– City Vision

Voting documents will be posted to eligible voters from Thursday, 29 April 2021 and voting will close at 12 noon on, Friday 21 May 2021.

For further information on criteria and the process, visit or for further information visit the Electoral Office website or phone on 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822.

Why is a by-election being held for Albert-Eden Local Board (Maungawhau subdivision)?

The by-election follows the resignation of board member Benjamin Lee. Mr. Lee resigned from Albert-Eden Local Board earlier in February.

Albert-Eden Local Board is split into two subdivisions:

  • the Ōwairaka subdivision covers the suburbs of Waterview, Point Chevalier, Mount Albert, Morningside, Sandringham and Ōwairaka
  • the Maungawhau subdivision includes the suburbs of Kingsland, Balmoral, Epsom, Mount Eden Greenlane and part of One Tree Hill.

Subdivisions inside a local board area are designed to provide effective representation for communities of interest. Voters within each subdivision get to elect a certain number of members to sit on the combined local board.

In the case of Albert-Eden Local Board, four members are elected from the Ōwairaka subdivision and four members are elected from the Maungawhau subdivision.

The member who resigned was from the Maungawhau subdivision and a by-election is being held to fill this vacant seat. This by-election is therefore only open to voters in the Maungawhau subdivision.

See the below map to determine if you are eligible to vote in this by-election.

Have a look at the map (and pictured below) to determine if you are eligible to vote in this by-election.

Key dates

  • Nominations open: Thursday 25 February 2021
  • Nominations close: 12 noon, Thursday 25 March 2021
  • Delivery of voting packs: Thursday 29 April 2021
  • Close of voting: 12 noon, Friday 21 May 2021

When we hold by-elections?

  • A by-election is held to fill an elected position that has become vacant.
  • For example, if a governing body or a local board member resigns, before their term ends, and more than 12 months before the next three-yearly local election, a by-election will be held within the relevant ward or local board area to replace that member.