Elections In New Zealand

A guided tour of the New Zealand electoral system


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

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.


A referendum is a vote on a question.

Citizens or the government can start referendums.

Māori Electoral Option

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

Resources for your community

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Educate adults and communities

Teach your adult learners how voting works and encourage them to take part.

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