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More people removed from electoral roll in a month than married and divorced in two years

Aug 6, 2007 | Media release

“The Electoral Enrolment Centre has removed more people from the electoral roll in the last month than the total number of people who married and divorced in the past two years*,” says Murray Wicks, National Manager of the Electoral Enrolment Centre.

“That’s a lot of people who won’t be able to vote at election time in October unless they re-enrol.

“Most of these people will have moved house or flat and not updated their details with us,” says Mr Wicks. “We know Kiwis love buying and selling property, but each time they shift they need to keep their details up-to-date to stay on the electoral roll.”

The Electoral Enrolment Centre mailed out enrolment update packs a month ago to all those enrolled to vote.

“By law, we have to take people off the electoral rolls if their enrolment update packs get returned as undeliverable because the person has shifted,” says Mr Wicks.

In the Auckland City Council area over 8,600 people have had their names wiped from the electoral roll. Over 2,800 people in the Hamilton City Council area have had their names removed, in Tauranga another 1,900, in Dunedin the number rises to nearly 3,000 and in Christchurch to over 6,000.

“These people won’t get their voting packs for the local council and district health board elections in the mail unless they re-enrol by 24 August,” says Mr Wicks.

“We are urging people to enrol now. They will get their local elections voting papers sent to them and will be set up well for next year’s general election.”

People can enrol or update their details online. Enrolment forms are also available from 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), or by freetexting your name and address to 36 76 or at any PostShop.

*source Statistics New Zealand 2006 Marriage, Civil Unions and Divorces


Council Electors Removed from the Roll
Council Electors Removed from the Roll
Far North District 803
Rangitikei District 215
Whangarei District 310
Manawatu District 434
Kaipara District 296
Palmerston North City 1,397
Rodney District 970
Tararua District 224
North Shore City 2,802
Horowhenua District 460
Waitakere City 2,574
Kapiti Coast District 522
Auckland City 8,666
Porirua City 586
Manukau City 4,893
Upper Hutt City 492
Papakura District 608
Lower Hutt City 1,393
Franklin District 780
Wellington City 3,983
Thames-Coromandel District 376
Masterton District 367
Hauraki District 305
Carterton District 78
Waikato District 649
South Wairarapa District 133
Matamata-Piako District 440
Tasman District 720
Hamilton City 2,811
Nelson City 980
Waipa District 546
Marlborough District 615
Otorohanga District 92
Kaikoura District 31
South Waikato District 357
Buller District 162
Waitomo District 178
Grey District 160
Taupo District 604
Westland District 139
Western Bay Of Plenty District 514
Hurunui District 137
Tauranga City 1,926
Waimakariri District 462
Rotorua District 1,302
Christchurch City 6,173
Whakatane District 583
Selwyn District 447
Kawerau District 139
Ashburton District 364
Opotiki District 178
Timaru District 546
Gisborne District 608
MacKenzie District 41
Wairoa District 154
Waimate District 110
Hastings District 1,007
Chatham Islands Territory 2
Napier City 860
Waitaki District 255
Central Hawke's Bay District 166
Central Otago District 190
New Plymouth District 946
Queenstown-Lakes District 445
Stratford District 106
Dunedin City 2,821
South Taranaki District 438
Clutha District 243
Ruapehu District 270
Southland District 400
Wanganui District 418
Gore District 128



Invercargill City 599




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