The Elections Reference Group (ERG) provides advice on local body electoral matters to councils and electoral officers. 

ERG meetings have representatives from the Ministry of Health, Department of Internal Affairs, Local Government New Zealand, the Electoral Commission, Local Government Commission, and New Zealand Post attending on a regular basis.

The Elections Reference Group (ERG) plays an important role in providing guidance and codes to be used by Electoral Officers.

Elections Reference Group


Dean Heiford, Manager Economic, Community & Support Services - Marlborough District Council


Mali Ahipene, Manager Democracy Services - Waikato Regional Council

Rick Dunn, Deputy Electoral Officer, Governance & Democracy Advisor, Rotorua Lakes Council

Warwick Lampp, Business Development Manager -

Sarah Nichols, Governance Manager and Deputy Electoral Officer - Waimakariri District Council

Robyn Garret, Deputy Electoral Officer, Team Leader, Committee Support, Democracy Services - Tauranga City Council

Dale Ofsoske, Managing Director - Election Services Ltd.

Clare Sullivan, Governance and Democracy Manager - Dunedin City Council

Devorah Nicuarta-Smith, Member Deputy Electoral Officer, Manager Governance and Support Services - Nelson City Council

Jane Robertson, Electoral Officer, Senior Governance Advisor - Queenstown Lakes District Council

Michael Morris, Member Deputy Electoral Officer, Legal Counsel - Invercargill City Council

James Baty, Director Internal Partnerships - Gisborne District Council

Jennifer Parker, Manager of Governance and Democracy Services & Deputy Electoral Officer - Wellington City Council