Nau mai Welcome to the Electoral Commission

Supporting you to trust, value, understand and take part in New Zealand's democracy

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Our system of government

Each voter has a say in who represents them in Parliament and in local government.

What happens in general elections?

New Zealand usually has a general election every 3 years.

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a vote on a question. If you are enrolled to vote, you can vote in a referendum.

Referendums

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.

Resources for your community

Click on the icons below to explore our resources.

democracy

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

Democracy in NZ

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