Some commonly asked questions
How do I know whether I am enrolled?
The Electoral Commission will be undertaking a roll update campaign at the end of June 2016 for the Parliamentary Electoral Roll which forms the basis of the electoral roll for each Districts’ Council elections. If you do not receive a letter in the post during late June/early July 2016 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.
Where can I view the electoral roll that will be used for this election?
The preliminary electoral roll will be available for public inspection at all Council offices from Friday 15 July 2016 to Friday 12 August 2016.
Far North District Council:
- Council’s Main Office (Memorial Avenue, Kaikohe)
- Kaitaia Service Centre (Te Ahu, Corner Matthews Avenue and South Road, Kaitaia)
- Kerikeri Service Centre (60 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri)
- Kaeo Service Centre / Library (Leigh Street, Old Post Office Building, Kaeo)
Kaipara District Council:
- Council’s Main Office (42 Hokianga Road, Dargaville)
- Mangawhai Office (Unit 6, The Hub, 6 Moleswoth Drive, Mangawhai)
Whangarei District Council:
- Customer Services, Forum North (Rust Avenue, Whangarei)
- Ruakaka Service Centre (9 Takutai Place, Ruakaka)
How do I enrol to vote in these elections?
You need to complete an enrolment form for this. You can either:
I am a student and spend my time in different places. Where should I enrol?
You should enrol where you spend the greater part of your time.
I am a New Zealand Māori; do I need to enrol on the Māori roll?
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.
However, if you have already made that choice you will have to wait until the next Māori Option period to change, which occurs following the next census, likely in 2018/19. The last Māori Option period was 25 March to 24 July 2013.
We own a business in a different District to where we live do we get a say in the District Council elections where our business is located?
Yes, subject to being eligible as a non-resident ratepayer elector and becoming enrolled.
A non-resident ratepayer enrolment form is available by phoning 0800 922 822.
The non-resident ratepayer enrolment form should be returned to the electoral officer by 12 August 2016 and absolutely no later than 7 October 2016 in order to vote.
If it is after Friday 12 August 2016, a special voting document will need to be requested and will be issued on 16 September 2016, the start of the voting period.
I own a property in a different District to my full time residence. How do I get on the Ratepayer Electoral Roll?
Is your name on the rates notice? Yes
You may be eligible to be on the ratepayer electoral roll. Contact the electoral office on 0800 922 822 and request a ratepayer enrolment form. This should be returned to the electoral officer by 12 August 2016 and absolutely no later than 7 October 2016 in order to vote. If it is after Friday 12 August 2016, a special voting document will need to be requested and will be issued on 16 September 2016, the start of the voting period.
If it is easier you can call at a special voting venue during the voting period (Friday 16 September 2016 to 12 noon Saturday 8 October 2016) 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 0800 922 822.