Voting ballot boxes in libraries for the Tawa Community Board by-election

From Thursday 15 April, enrolled voters in the Tawa region will be able to have their say in selecting a new member for the Tawa Community Board.

“Voting papers with information on each of the five nominees to the Board are being posted to all enrolled voters and property owners in the Tawa region,” says Wellington City Council Electoral Officer Warwick Lampp.

“For this election, Wellington City Council will be using DX Mail to distribute voting papers for the first time. By putting secure DX Mail ballot boxes based in busy locations near local supermarkets, shops, libraries, and pools, we hope it will make it easier for people to vote as they go about their daily activities.

“DX Mail will clear the ballot boxes daily which means people will be able to vote right up until voting closes at 12 noon, Friday 7 May. If anyone places their voting papers in a New Zealand Post box by mistake, they will be forwarded to DX Mail. However, we encourage people to use the DX Mail boxes to ensure their votes are received within the voting period.

“Voting will close at 12 noon, Friday 7 May and we expect to be able to announce the successful nominee soon after voting closes.”

Where you can vote

You can drop your completed voting papers at any of the 13 ballot boxes spread around Linden, Tawa, and Wellington city, including the following libraries:

  • Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library
  • Te Awe Library
  • Arapaki Manners Library and Service Centre

The full list of locations for the DX Mail and ballot boxes can be found on a map at There is also a QR code on the front of the voters’ pack envelope where people can check where their nearest box is.

If you have damaged, lost, or not received the voting documents you can cast a special vote. You can do this during normal office hours by asking for a special vote at:

  • Mervyn Kemp (Tawa) Library, 158 Main Rd or,
  • Wellington City Council head office, Level 16 Reception, 113 The Terrace, Wellington

A helping hand from local knitters

The Crafters’ Knitting Corner at Tawa Library has really taken off! Each of the branches in Wellington City Libraries’ north cluster (Tawa, Johnsonville and Khandallah) have set up a space where the customers can sit down, take a moment to relax, unwind a bit of wool and knit or crochet a few rows or a square (20cm by 20cm) towards a peggy-square blanket. The squares will be sown together to form blankets which will be donated to refugees coming next month from such diverse places as: Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sri Lanka.

So far the corner has proven incredibly popular with library visitors! Both children and adults have sat down in the library to knit squares, while others have donated wool, or brought in squares they have knitted at home. One customer has even donated a whole blanket.

If you’re visiting one of these libraries – why not check it out and knit or crochet a few rows.