39% Voted


Three days out from the close of voting, 39.4% of voting documents have been returned for Auckland’s first supercouncil election - compared with 27.2 per cent at the same stage of the voting period during the last election in 2007.
The highest voter turn out continues to be Great Barrier Island on 61.1 per cent followed by Waiheke on 50.8 per cent.
However strong figures are now also being seen in places like Warkworth (47.6%), Howick (45.9%) and Orakei (45.6%). The lowest are Henderson-Massey on 34.3 and Kaipatiki on 34.4 per cent.
A special voting booth is being established in Mangere East following the non-delivery of a small number of Auckland Council election voting packs in the area.

Auckland Council Electoral Officer Dale Ofsoske has arranged for a special polling booth to be open from 12 noon tomorrow Thursday to 12 noon on Saturday at the Mangere East Library in Massey Road, Mangere.

“This booth will only hold the special voting packs for the local area and will assist local electors who may wish to vote but did not receive their ordinary voting pack or have not yet requested a special vote by phone,” says Mr Ofsoske.

All other voters in the inaugural Auckland Council election who wished to vote by post should have popped their voting documents in the post by 5pm today to ensure their votes are counted.

“After that, they should hand deliver their voting documents to one of the following venues if they want to have their say on Auckland’s future direction.”

The Electoral Office Level 8, 92 Albert Street, Auckland
North Shore City Council Level 3, 1 The Strand, Takapuna
Papakura District Council 35 Coles Crescent, Papakura
Rodney District Council Centreway Road, Orewa
Waitakere City Council 6 Henderson Valley Road, Henderson
Franklin District Council 82 Manukau Road, Pukekohe
Manukau City Council 31-33 Wiri Station Road, Manukau
North Shore City Council Level 3, 1 The Strand, Takapuna

Voting documents can also be dropped off at the Auckland City Council service centres on Waiheke and Great Barrier and the Rodney District Council service centres in Helensville, Kumeu-Huapai and Warkworth. On election day, you can also return your votes to any of Auckland’s public libraries.




  1. Matt L says:

    I’m not surprised that voting is low out in Henderson, I have hardly seen any info on the elections other than a few billboards. There has been very little in the way of information on who the candidates actually are and what they stand for.

  2. Patrick R says:

    Banks has only ever won on low turns outs. He’s toast.

  3. Chris R says:

    This is worrying and somewhat undemocratic.

    Lets say Brown gets 51% of the vote.

    51% of 39% is damn all of a mandate!

  4. Matt says:

    Chris, it would still be more of a mandate than any mayor of any part of Auckland has had in decades.

  5. Kurt says:

    The swing away from this apparent high polling government is in itself surprising.

  6. come get some says:

    i’d expect with 3 days to go we’re going to see a turnout over 50%, hopefully over 55%.

    With that there’s still hardly a mandate but yes, it’d be better than it’s ever been

  7. Matt L says:

    Kurt - I think that rather than a swing away from National but more so a swing away from John Banks. I do think that had he not stood and there was any other right leaning candidate then they would have easily won.

  8. come get some says:

    Today so far has brought the total up to 45.5%, with two days to go we’re definatly in for an above 50% turnout


  9. karl says:

    “This is worrying and somewhat undemocratic”

    Unless you believe we should go the way of mandatory elections (which in my view would be “worrying and somewhat undemocratic” on their own), this is a pretty significant mandate for anyone winning such a comparatively high turnout.


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