Find out how to enrol, or check you are already enrolled, for local Council elections
If you want to vote or take part in elections you need to to be enrolled to vote. Make sure you're enrolled and ready to vote – so you can have your say on the issues that affect you and your family.
You are eligible to enrol and vote if:
For the purposes of registering as an elector, a permanent resident is someone who is entitled to live indefinitely in New Zealand.
Māori rohe pōti
Māori wards or constituencies
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council resolved to introduce two new Māori constituencies for the 2022 and 2025 elections. Find out more.
Only those electors on the Māori electoral roll will be able to vote for candidates standing for the Māui ki te Raki or Māui ki te Tonga Māori constituencies. Similarly, only those on the general electoral roll can vote for candidates standing for a general constituency.
If you are of Māori descent and enrolling for the first time, you have an important choice to make. You need to decide which electoral roll you want to be on: the general roll or the Māori roll.
After you have enrolled, you can only change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option which takes place every 5 or 6 years (after the Census). The next Māori Electoral Option is currently scheduled for 2024.
Enrolling or updating your details is easy. Do it online here.
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