Fact Sheet: Triennial Election

12 October 2019


About the trust

The Wiri Licensing Trust is a community owned business based in South Auckland with business interests in commercial property and bars. The Trust distributes its profits to the local community through grants donations and sponsorships.

The Trust is governed by six trustees elected during the local body elections. The Trust is constituted under Section 303 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 and its principal purpose is the sale and supply of liquor within its district.

The Trust’s district is defined by law and more or less covers the area bounded by the Southern Motorway, the Manukau Harbour and Puhinui Road.

The Trust operates two bars in its district (Our Local and Woodside) and has a number of commercial property investments in Manukau Central.

As part of its bar operations the Trust provides Class 4 gaming machines which are operated under the Gambling Act 2003. These machines are operated by The Trusts Community Foundation (TTCF) and the Trillian Trust. The Trustees encourage community organizations, especially those within the Manurewa community, to apply to TTCF and Trillian for funding assistance from the proceeds from gaming machines operated in the Trust’s bars.

The Trust distributes its profits to local community organizations operating within its district through small grants, donations and sponsorships. For the financial year ending 31 March 2019, the trustees have limited the amount payable under any one application for sponsorship to $1,000.


Triennial elections for elected members of most local authorities throughout New Zealand, including licensing trusts, are to be conducted, by postal vote, on Saturday 12 October 2019.

The elections will be conducted under the provisions of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, the Local Electoral Act 2001 and the Local Electoral Regulations 2001.

The Auckland Council will be conducting the election of members to the Wiri Licensing Trust on the Trust’s behalf.


Elections will be required for six positions from the Wiri Licensing Trust district.


Nominations for the above positions will open on Friday 19 July 2019 and close at noon on Friday 16 August 2019.

Nomination forms will be available during this period from:

  • the Electoral Office (Independent Election Services Ltd, Level 2, 198 Federal Street, Auckland)
  • by telephoning the electoral office on 09 973 5212
  • by accessing www.wiritrust.org.nz

To be eligible to stand for election, a candidate must be:

  • a New Zealand citizen (by birth or naturalisation ceremony); and
  • enrolled as a Parliamentary elector (anywhere in New Zealand); and
  • a resident of the licensing trust district; and
  • nominated by two electors whose names appear on the electoral roll within the licensing trust district.

Under section 322 of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, a candidate is disqualified from election if he or she:

  • has such an involvement or appearance of involvement with the alcohol industry that he or she could not perform the duties of a member of a licensing trust without bias or appearance of bias;
  • is not a residential elector of the respective licensing trust ward.

A candidate is disqualified from continuing to be a member if he or she:

  • would be disqualified under the above criteria (section 322);
  • where an order is made under the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (section 30), the member is deemed to have been granted leave of absence and not capable of acting as a member of the trust.

Electoral Roll

Those eligible to vote at the Wiri Licensing Trust election are all resident electors whose names appear on, and are tagged with a W on the relevant Auckland Council electoral roll. The preliminary electoral roll will be available for public inspection at all Auckland Council libraries from Friday 19 July 2019 to Friday 16 August 2019.

Resident Roll. All parliamentary electors, including those on the Māori Electoral Roll are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll, at the address where they live.

Any alterations to the Resident Roll (eg change of address details, including new postal addresses) should be made by:

  • completing the appropriate form at any post shop;
  • telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656)
  • accessing the Electoral Commission website on www.elections.org.nz

Electoral System

The first past the post (FPP) electoral system will be used for the Wiri Licensing Trust election.

Voting Period

Voting documents (including the licensing trust issue) will be sent to all eligible electors, by post, from Friday 20 September 2019.

The voting period is three weeks (Friday 20 September 2019 to noon Saturday 12 October 2019). Electors may post their completed voting documents back to the electoral officer using the orange pre-paid envelope sent with their voting document.

A polling place for the issuing of special voting documents and for the receiving of completed voting documents will be available from Friday 20 September 2019 to noon Saturday 12 October 2019 at the electoral office.

To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 12 October 2019.

Progress results will be known early afternoon on Saturday 12 October 2019, and preliminary results will be known early Sunday morning, 13 October 2019.

Contact us

For further information regarding this election, please contact the electoral office:

Dale Ofsoske,
Electoral Officer Wiri Licensing Trust
C/o PO Box 5135, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
Email: info@electionservices.co.nz
Phone: 09 973 5212 or 0800 922 822

Wiri Licensing Trust Map

 Wiri Licensing Trust Map