Enrolling to Vote

To vote in a local body election, you need to be enrolled on either the residential or ratepayer roll. This page explains the process.

You are eligible to enrol on the residential roll if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older, and
  • are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and
  • have lived in New Zealand continuously, at any time, for one year or more, and
  • have lived at your current address for more than one month.

How to Enrol

Residential Roll

All parliamentary electors are automatically enrolled on the local body residential roll at the address where they live.  A confirmation card will be issued to all parliamentary electors before voting papers are issued.

Any changes to the residential roll (e.g. change of address details) should be made by 

  • Completing the appropriate form at any NZ Post Shop
  • Telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656)
  • Accessing the Enrolment Services, Electoral Commission website on www.elections.org.nz

Ratepayer Roll

If a person is on the parliamentary roll in one area and pays rates on a property in another area, they may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.  A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property, may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person and the nominee both reside outside the area). 

Non-resident ratepayer enrolment forms are available: 

Inspecting the Rolls

Preliminary electoral rolls can be inspected at Council offices and libraries.

Final electoral rolls, used to post out voting documents to electors, can be inspected at Council offices and libraries during the voting period.

Council offices are located at:

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

Council libraries are located at: 

  • 280 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Pah Street, Motueka
  • 3 Junction Street, Takaka

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