YOU NEED TO BE ENROLLED
In order to vote, you first need to be enrolled – and it’s actually illegal if you don’t. In fact, if you’re eligible to vote and don’t enrol, you could be fined $100, or double that if you’ve been fined before and still haven’t. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident who has lived here for at least a year, or a resident of the Cook Islands, Australia, Niue or Tokelau who has lived here for at least a year.
If you’re eligible to vote but haven’t enrolled yet, go to elections.org.nz, visit your nearest PostShop, call 0800 36 76 56, or text your address to 3676. You can enrol to vote up until September 22 – the day before the election.