To vote in a local body election you need to be registered on the electoral role.
You are eligible to enrol if you:
• are 18-years of age or older
• are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
• have lived in New Zealand, continuously, at any time for one year or more.
All parliamentary electors, including those on the Māori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the Resident Roll, at the address where they live.
Any alterations to the Resident Roll (e.g. change of address details, including new postal addresses) should be made by:
The single transferable voting (STV) electoral system was used for the New Plymouth District Council and the Taranaki District Health Board. The Taranaki Regional Council used the first past the post (FPP) electoral system.
Voters must rank candidates, using numbers, in order of preference. You can find out more information on this system on the STV website.
Electors vote by indicating their preferred candidate(s), and the candidate(s) that receives the most votes is declared the winner, regardless of the proportion of votes that candidate(s) received.
If you are on the electoral roll in one area and pay rates on a property in another, you may be eligible to be enrolled on the non-resident ratepayer roll.
A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (provided the nominated person resides outside the area).
More information is available in the flyer below or you can download the ratepayer enrolment form.
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Page last updated: 01:49PM Thu 14 October 2021