This page answers questions about enrolment in local elections.

How to enrol

Everyone whose name appears on the parliamentary electoral roll is eligible to vote in their local government elections.

Residential roll

If you're a resident of Tasman District and already enrolled on the parliamentary electoral roll for the general election, you're automatically enrolled to vote in the 2016 local elections.

If you're not on the parliamentary electoral roll in the Tasman District area and want to enrol, or if you're not sure if you're enrolled and want to check, visit www.elections.org.nz/enrol or call 0800 36 76 56.

To get an enrolment form, pop into any PostShop or freetext your name and address to 3676.

Non-residential ratepayer roll

If you own and pay rates on a property in Tasman District, but don’t live in the area, or live in a different ward, you may be eligible to enrol on the non-resident ratepayer electoral roll.

A company or society paying property rates can also qualify as a ratepayer elector.

  • Contact the Electoral Officer to check your eligibility, either by calling into the Richmond office of Tasman District Council or phoning 03 543 8554.   
  • Download the Enrolment Form - Ratepayer Elector 2016

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How do I know whether I am enrolled?

From 27 June, everyone currently enrolled to vote will receive an enrolment update pack. Check your details, make any changes, sign it and send it back.

Voting in the local elections takes place by postal vote from 16 September to 8 October 2016. Only those correctly enrolled by 12 August will receive their postal voting papers in the mail.

If you’re not enrolled by 12 August you won’t be sent your voting papers in the post. That means that you’ll have to make a special vote, which takes longer. Enrol now.

It’s quick and easy to enrol or update your details. To check your enrolment or start the enrolment process you can go to www.elections.org.nz/enrol or call 0800 36 76 56.

To get an enrolment form, pop into any NZ PostShop or freetext your name and address to 3676. More information about enrolling to vote is available at www.elections.org.nz.

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Where can I view the electoral roll that will be used for the 2016 local election?

Preliminary rolls can be inspected between 15 July and 12 August 2016 at the following locations:

Council Offices

  • Richmond Office, 189 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka Office, 7 Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Golden Bay Office, 14 Junction Street, Takaka
  • Murchison Office, 92 Fairfax Street, Murchison


  • Richmond Library, Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka Library, Pah Street, Motueka
  • Takaka Library, 3 Junction Street, Takaka
  • Collingwood Community Library, Tasman Street, Collingwood
  • Mapua Community Library, Aranui Road, Mapua
  • Tapawera Community Library, Main Road, Tapawera
  • Wakefield Community Library, Edward Street, Wakefield


  • Department of Conservation Headquarters at St Arnaud

Alternatively, individuals may check their details by telephone: 03 543 8554

The Final Roll can be inspected at the Richmond Council office from Monday 12 September 2016.

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