This event is a triennial debrief for those involved in managing local elections to come together as a group to review the election process and set the agenda for the next three years.

  • 06 Dec 2022
  • 08:30 - 16:00
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  • Wharewaka Function Centre, Wellington, New Zealand
  • 500.00 (plus GST) Members
  • 610.00 (plus GST) Non Members
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About this event

This one-day workshop aims to bring together electoral officers, governance professionals, communications professionals and others who work on the elections. The Post-Election Workshop offers an key opportunity to review lessons learnt during the 2022 local elections.

Who should attend:

  • Electoral officers, deputy electoral officers, and electoral leads
  • Democracy services and governance managers
  • Communications staff involved in the 2022 local elections
  • All local government managers and staff with responsibilities for conducting or supporting elections.

This event is open to employees of local authorities.


Tuesday 6 December 2022

8.30 am Registration

8.45 am Opening karakia

8:50 am Chairs welcome and opening address

Dean Heiford, Manager, Economic, Community and Support Services, Marlborough District Council; and Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group

9.05 am The 2022 local elections: Identifying and overcoming key challenges and other lessons learned

Dean Heiford

Presentation from the Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group on the 2022 local elections issues followed by Q+A session.

9.25 am Stories from the coalface – A table-top discussion

Facilitated by Elizabeth Hughes, Consultant

Every electoral official can tell a story or two about the local elections. The 2022 local elections will be no different. Here you can share aspects of your experience whether it's humourous, annoying, outrageous, or offbeat – and ask questions.

Electoral officers have reported increased aggression and conflict this time compared to previous elections. Marty Laagland, Manager – Security Intelligence, Insights and Deployment, New Zealand Police will be there to support the discussion and add a Police perspective.

10.30 am Morning tea

10.50 am

Ollie Neas, Editorial Director, helps voters find out what candidates beliefs are, and what they will do if they are elected. surveys all 3,500 candidates on specific issues in their community and reports this on its website. Find out how it went for this year.

11.10 am The 2022 Electoral Officers' Post-Election Survey – results and issues

Seán Mahoney, General Manager, Sector Performance, Taituarā

What’s come through in the post-election survey of electoral officers and what other issues arose during the 2022 local elections process.

11.40 pm Your election providers’ panel

Warwick Lampp, Chief Returning Officer – Business Development Manager,

Dale Ofsoske, Managing Director, Electoral Officer, Election Services Ltd

What worked well and what didn’t work so well, from an election providers' perspective.

12.15 noon Lunch

1.00 pm Partners' panel

Peter Avison, Manager Digital Services, Datam;

Dean Cooper, Mail Solution Consultant, NZ Post; and

Ross McPherson, Acting National Manager, Enrolment and Community Engagement Operations, Electoral Commission

A short presentation from each of Datam (Votext), NZ Post, and the Electoral Commission followed by questions to the Partners Panel.

1.40 pm Election hubs and ballot bins

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

Michael Morris, Manager, Governance and Legal, Invercargill City Council

Elodie Fontaine, Elections Programme Manager, Auckland Council

What are election hubs and how do they work? Hear from three councils regarding their experiences with their hubs and ballot-bin systems.

2.10 pm Afternoon tea

2.30 pm Māori wards

James Baty, Director Internal Partnerships, Gisborne District Council

Mali Ahipene, Pou Tūhono, Tai-ranga-whenua, Customer, Community and Services, Waikato Regional Council

There have been more Māori wards and constituencies this year than in any other local election. James and Mali will provide an overview of how it went for candidates, voters, and local authorities.

3.00 pm New electoral legislation

Rowan Burns Policy Manager, Local Government Branch, Department of Internal Affairs
Amanda Shaw Principal Policy Analyst, Local Government Branch, Department of Internal Affairs

There is a Local Government Electoral Legislation Bill making its way through Parliament. Hear from the Department of Internal Affairs regarding the proposed changes and how they will affect the next local elections.

3.35 pm A focus for the next three years

Dean Heiford

The Chair of the Taituarā Elections Reference Group will outline the work programme for the next three years and ask delegates what else they would like in the plan.

3.50 pm Sum up and close

Dean Heiford


Dean Heiford
Chair of the Elections Reference Group Read Profile
Elizabeth Hughes
Elizabeth Hughes Strategy & Communication Read Profile
Warwick Lampp
Chief Returning Officer - Business Development Manager, Read Profile
Dale Ofsoske
Managing Director, Elections Services Ltd Read Profile
Seán Mahoney
General Manager, Sector Perfomance, Taituarā Read Profile
Peter Avison
Manager of Digital Services at Datam, NZ Post Read Profile
Dean Cooper
Mail Solution Consultant, NZ Post Read Profile
Amanda Shaw
Principal Policy Analyst, Local Government Branch, Department of Internal Affairs Read Profile
James Baty
Director Internal Partnerships, Gisborne District Council Read Profile
Mali Ahipene
Pou Tuhono Tai-ranga-whenua, Customer Services, Waikato Regional Council Read Profile
Michael Morris
Manager, Governance and Legal, Invercargill City Council Read Profile
Jennifer Parker
Democracy Services Manager Read Profile
Rowan Burns
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