To be able to vote in Local Elections you need to be enrolled first.
You can enrol to vote if:
- you are 18 years or older, and
- are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and
- have lived in New Zealand for more than one (1) year continuously at some time in your life.
You do not need to enrol if you are already on the Electoral Roll for Parliamentary Elections.
If you’ve changed address since the last election, you’ll need to update it on the electoral roll.
Electoral rolls are available at each of our libraries if you want to check your details.
How to enrol
To enrol, get an enrolment form or update your details either:
- go to the Vote NZ website
- call 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56)
- visit any PostShop.
Non-residential ratepayer electors
If you pay rates on property within the council area but usually live outside of the area, you may be eligible to enrol as a ratepayer elector.
Electors on the Ratepayer Roll can vote in both the local council area they usually live in (and are enrolled to vote in) and the local council area they are registered on the Ratepayer Roll.
How to enrol on the ratepayer electoral roll
If you're eligible to go on the Ratepayer roll, and would like to vote in the area, you'll need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live.
Download the enrolment form for rate payer electors (PDF 87.5 kb)