Your vote is your voice

With under a month to go until the New Zealand General Election it is important to skill up on how to enroll or vote. For those of you who are voting for the first time here are some tips on how it all works. And remember, your vote is your voice.  

Who can vote?

In New Zealand you must be on the electoral roll if you are eligible to enrol. You are qualified 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.

How do I enroll?

There are several ways you can enroll to vote including:

  • Enrol online. You can either sign a form and return it in the mail or set up a RealMe verification account.
  • Visit a PostShop and collect an enrolment form
  • Download an enrolment form and post it back
  • Phone 0800 36 76 56. 

Don't delay, as time is running out to enroll. 

Why should I care?

The Government has a real impact on your everyday life. It shapes your country’s present and future. Voting in the General Election is a powerful way for you to influence who is responsible for making decisions about the services and issues that matter most to you. It’s an opportunity to have your say!

How do I vote?

Saturday 23 September is the day! Put some time in the diary between 9am-7pm to visit a voting centre. To learn more about what will happen on the day check out this quick video.


Who should I vote for?

Only you can decide that on the day but it is worth talking to friends and family and researching the different policies that each party and candidate stands for. 

Helpful websites to visit include:

Published: 24 August 2017