Is it an election advertisement?

You can ask us for our opinion on whether your advertisement counts as an election advertisement. We do not charge a fee for this.

Our opinions are not legal advice

Our opinions are our interpretation of the Electoral Act. They're not legally binding or legal advice. A court of law may reach a different opinion. You may want to get your own legal advice before you publish your advertisement.

Asking for our opinion

To make a request please send us:

  • a copy of the advertisement
  • how you'll publish it
  • when you'll publish it
  • the scale you'll publish it on.

Send us your request by email:

Email advisory@elections.govt.nz

When you'll get our opinion

Once we get your request, we'll respond with our opinion as soon as we can. We'll aim to respond within 5 working days.

Confidentiality of your request

We'll treat your request and our advice as confidential until the relevant election cycle ends. After that, we'll make our opinions available if someone asks for them, subject to the Official Information Act.

You can publically release the advice we give you at any time, if you want to.

Find out more

We have more information about the election advertising rules that candidates, parties and third party promoters must follow:

Campaign rules for candidates

Campaign rules for parties

Campaign rules for third party promoters

Contact us

Contact us if you have any questions.

Email advisory@elections.govt.nz