Did you know…?

  • NZ law requires you to be enrolled to vote. It’s compulsory to be enrolled if you qualify — but voting is optional.
  • You must be enrolled to vote if you’re over 18, have lived in New Zealand for more than 1 year continuously at some time in your life, and are a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
  • You can enrol online easy peasy.
  • If you don’t enrol, you could be fined $100. This goes up to $200 if you’ve been fined once and you still don’t enrol.
  • You can’t enrol if you’re a NZ citizen who hasn’t been in NZ for the last 3 years, or if you’re a permanent resident who hasn’t been in NZ within the last 12 months.
  • If you’re Cook Island Māori, Niuean or Tokelauan you can enrol once you’ve lived in NZ continuously for 1 year. You don’t have to have permanent residency to vote.

Need a reason to vote? How about 5?

5 Reasons You Should VoteVote Reason 1 Vote Reason 2 Vote Reason 3 Vote Reason 4 Vote Reason 5

With thanks and acknowledgement to Ara Taiohi Youth Week.