Who Can Vote?

Information for our bach and holiday-home owners / Non-resident ratepayers

You are entitled to vote in the local authority elections held where you live, as well as in the local authority elections held where you own a property and pay rates - if that is different from where you live.

To vote in a local authority election as a non-resident ratepayer:

Go to vote.nz to ensure you’re currently on the parliamentary electoral roll (in the area you live) and your details are up to date.

If you previously enrolled as a non-resident ratepayer elector, you should have received a letter in the mail asking you to reconfirm your details. Make sure you return this, or you will be removed from the non-resident ratepayer roll.

 If you didn’t receive a letter and believe you’re entitled, fill out a Non-Resident Ratepayer Electoral Enrolment Form. This can be completed electronically and returned to ratepayer@electionservices.co.nz.

Companies, businesses, trusts, corporations or societies which are ratepayers of a property in a local authority district or community board area, may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided any such elector resides outside the district or community board area where the property is situated.

Partners, joint tenants and tenants in common who collectively pay rates on a property in a local authority district or community board area, may also nominate one of the group who is an elector to vote on their behalf, provided any such elector resides outside the district or community board area where the property is situated.

Download the "2022 Ratepayer Roll Flyer" on the right side of this page for more information, and fill out the "Ratepayer Electoral Enrolment Form - 2022" form - also available to download from the right side of this page - be registered to vote as a non-resident ratepayer.

Need help? Call 0800 54 8683 (0800 LG VOTE)


Information for Permanent Residents

Residents of Thames-Coromandel District Council area are enrolled automatically on the Residential Electoral Roll if they are registered as Parliamentary electors (on the electoral roll). Therefore, there is no need to enrol separately for these elections.

Permanent residents - want to make changes to the roll?

Any alterations to the Parliamentary Electoral Roll, should be made:

  1. by completing the appropriate form at any post shop; or
  2. by telephoning 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 36 76 56); or
  3. by accessing the Electoral Enrolment Centre website on vote.nz

Permanent residents but will be overseas? 

If you are going away and will not be here when the voting documents are posted out a special votes need to be applied for. A special vote can be posted overseas starting from the opening of the voting period (16 September 2022). An overseas address will need to be provided to the electoral officer in advance. Please note that all completed voting papers still need to arrive back in New Zealand and be with the electoral officer by noon on 8 October 2022. Please call 0800 922 822 to arrange a special vote to be sent.