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Enrolling to vote

Visit, email [email protected], call 0800 36 76 56, or freetext your name and address to 3676 to enrol to vote or to update your enrolment details. 

If you’re enrolled to vote for the parliamentary elections, then you’re automatically enrolled for Council elections too. If you’re enrolled, you’ll get an enrolment update pack in the mail in early July. If all your details are correct then you don’t need to do anything. If you don’t receive an enrolment update pack, you’re either not enrolled or you need to update your enrolment details.  

You can enrol as a resident if you: 

  • Are 18 years or older
  • Are a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident.

If you’re unsure where to enrol, you can enrol at the address where you spend a substantial part of your time. If you do not have a current fixed address, you can also enrol at the last residential address where you lived for at least 1 month, even if that was some time ago. 

If you need help with enrolling or have accessibility needs, the Electoral Commission can help: Get help to enrol – Electoral Commission.

Thursday 30 June 2022: Electoral Commission starts sending out enrolment update packs.

Friday 12 August 2022: is the last day to enrol to receive voting papers by mail – otherwise you’ll need to vote by special vote.

Friday 7 October 2022: is the last day to enrol for the local elections.

Māori roll 

People of Māori descent have a choice to make when first enrolling – whether to enrol on the General roll or the Māori roll. There’s an option to change rolls after each census – the next chance to do so will be in 2024.  Both residents and non-resident ratepayers can be on the Māori roll.  

If you’re on the Māori roll, you’ll vote in our new Māori ward.

How to Enrol as a Non-resident Ratepayer  

If you own property in Porirua City but live elsewhere you may be able to enrol as a non-resident ratepayer elector and vote in both areas. 

You can also fill in the Enrolment Form for Ratepayer Electors and return it to us via one of the following methods: 

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Post: Electoral Officer, Porirua City Council, PO Box 5135, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142 
  • In person: drop it off at the Council administration building at 16 Cobham Court, Porirua.  

As the electoral roll closed on 12 August, if you enrol after this date, you will need to cast a "special vote". Check our page on how to vote for more info.

You can only enrol, or be nominated to enrol, once in each Council area, no matter how many properties you own in that area.  

Enrolment Information in Accessible Formats

You can find enrolment information in accessible formats on the Electoral Commission site. Formats include New Zealand sign language, audio, large print, and e-text. Info included:

  • Are you eligible to enrol and vote?
  • General roll or Māori roll
  • Can you go on the unpublished roll?
  • Enrol from overseas?
  • Ways to enrol

The Electoral Commission has also published videos in NZSL explaining the above:

Information is also available on how to find help to enrol.

You can also call Blind Low Vision NZ’s Telephone Information Service (TIS) to find out more about enrolling and voting.

Information in different languages

Enrolment information is available on in several different languages. These include: English, te reo Māori, NZSL, Arabic, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, Farsi – Persian, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korea, Malay, Niuean, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tokelauan, Tongan, and Vietnamese.

Enrolment information –

Easy Read Guide to Enrolling and Voting

An easy read guide to enrolling and voting in the 2022 local elections has been prepared.