The number of votes cast as a percentage of those on the roll in the last 3 elections were:

2013  — 59;   2016 — 55;   2019 — 49

This must reflect the town’s changing demographics with a steady influx of two-working-income households replacing retirees on fixed pensions, who have either downsized or moved to cheaper areas like Levin.  One of your editors’ friends is among those who have done that.  Most of those moving into the new subdivisions will also be younger working two-income households.

Younger people overall tend not to take as much interest as older people in local politics. Thus while Waikanae people’s participation in council elections is still higher than the Kapiti average, it is steadily getting close to it.