Elections In New Zealand

A guided tour of the New Zealand electoral system


From the Ancient Greek δῆμος (dêmos, “the people”) and κράτος (krátos, “power, rule”)


A referendum is a vote on a question.

Citizens or the government can start referendums.

Local elections

In local elections, you choose who represents you on your councils and health boards.

If you’re enrolled, you can vote in local elections where you live.

Māori Electoral Option

The Māori Electoral Option lets voters of Māori descent choose which electoral roll they want to be on.

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2020 General Election resources

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