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Find out how to enrol, or check you are already enrolled, for the 2019 local Council elections

Enrolling to vote in the 2019 Elections

If you want to vote or take part in elections you need to to be enrolled to vote. Make sure you're enrolled and ready to vote in the 2019 local elections – so you can have your say on the issues that affect you and your family.

Who can enrol to Vote?

You are eligible to enrol and vote if:

  • you are 18 years or older AND
  • you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident AND
  • you have lived in New Zealand for one year or more continuously at some point.

For the purposes of registering as an elector, a permanent resident is someone who is entitled to live indefinitely in New Zealand.

  • If you hold a resident visa or a permanent resident visa and have lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more you are eligible to enrol and vote.
  • If you are a Cook Island Maori, Australian, Niuean or Tokelauan you can enrol once you have lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months – you do not have to hold a resident visa to enrol and vote.
  • If you have to leave New Zealand by a set date you are not a permanent resident for electoral purposes and you are NOT eligible to enrol and vote. This includes people who have student, work or visitor permits.

Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Elector

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The preliminary electoral roll will be available for public inspection for a one-month period from Friday 19 July 2016 to Friday 16 August 2019.

The preliminary electoral roll will be available for inspection at:

  • Wairoa District Council offices, Coronation Square, Queen Street, Wairoa
    Wairoa Centennial Library, Marine Parade, Wairoa

Is this your main place of residence?  
Yes

Have you lived at your current address for more than one month?
Yes

Are you on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll at an address in the Wairoa District Council area?
Yes

You will automatically appear on the electoral roll that is used for these elections.

or

Is this your main place of residence?
Yes

Are you on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll at an address in the Wairoa District Council area?
No or Don’t Know

You need to complete an enrolment form for this.  You can either:

  • enrol online at www.elections.org.nz
  • ring 0800 36 76 56
  • send your name and address to Freetext 3676
  • download a form at www.elections.org.nz
  • pick a form up at your local New Zealand Post Shop

Is this your main place of residence?
No

Are you on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll at an address in another district?
Yes

If you own a property in this district and it is not your main residence you may be able to enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector. (Refer to ratepayer enrolment advice in Q22).

 

You should enrol where you spend the greater part of your time.

Not necessarily.  If you are enrolling for the first time you can decide whether you want to go on the Parliamentary Māori Electoral Roll or the Parliamentary General Electoral Roll by signing the appropriate panel on the parliamentary elector enrolment form.

The Electoral Commission will be undertaking a roll update campaign throughout the month of July 2019 for the Parliamentary Electoral Roll which forms the basis of the electoral roll for the Wairoa District Council elections. If you do not receive a letter in the post during July 2019 the chances are you are not enrolled or your details are incorrect. You will then need to complete a Parliamentary Electoral Roll enrolment form.

You can check to see if you are enrolled at www.elections.org.nz or by phoning 0800 36 76 56.

Yes, but you need to make sure you have enrolled which you can do provisionally from the age of 17 and it automatically changes when you turn 18.

You will also need to apply for a special vote during the voting period (Friday 20 September 2019 to 12 noon, Saturday 12 October 2019).

For special vote availability, see Q38.

Yes, subject to being eligible as a non-resident ratepayer elector and becoming enrolled.

A non-resident ratepayer enrolment form is available:

  • online
  • or by phoning Council
    +64 6 838 7309

The non-resident ratepayer enrolment form should be returned to the electoral officer by 16 August 2019 and absolutely no later than 11 October 2019 in order to vote.

If it is after Friday 16 August 2019, a special voting document will need to be requested and will be issued on 20 September 2019, the start of the voting period.

Is your name on the rates notice?
Yes

You may be eligible to be on the ratepayer electoral roll. Contact the electoral office on 06 838 7309 and request a ratepayer enrolment form. This should be returned to the electoral officer by 16 August 2019 and absolutely no later than 11 October 2019 in order to vote. If it is after Friday 16 August 2019, a special voting document will need to be requested and will be issued on 20 September 2019, the start of the voting period.

If it is easier you can call at a special voting venue during the voting period (Friday 20 September 2019 to 12 noon Saturday 12 October 2019) and complete the ratepayer enrolment form and have your special vote at the same time.

In no case does this allow you to have two votes at an election.


Is your name on the rates notice?
No

You may not be eligible to be on the ratepayer electoral roll. Contact the electoral office on 06 838 7309.

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