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Further Information and Frequently Asked Questions about the Referendum

 
This page contains further information and answers frequently asked questions about the referendum on the Old Harbour Board Building. 
Updated: 18/06/2015 10:35 a.m.

Further information

Independent reports on Option A and Option B have been prepared by Deloitte, an international firm which provides audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services. They are as follows:

These reports were based on the following information:

We recommend reading both Harbourside reports together as Report 2 changes the initial proposal.

The Deloitte reports were peer reviewed by Richard Dunbar of Nexus Planning and Research Limited:

The following information brochure accompanied voting documents and was approved by the Electoral Officer:

Frequently asked questions

Eligibility to Vote

I live in Whangarei District but have two properties in the District – do I get two votes?
No – every resident elector of the Whangarei District who is on the Residential Electoral Roll gets only one vote – the same as for Council elections. (If you are on the Parliamentary Electoral Roll you are automatically enrolled on the Whangarei District Residential Electoral Roll).

I don’t live in Whangarei District but own several properties in the District – can I vote?
Yes you can vote if you are enrolled on the non-resident Ratepayer Electoral Roll.  Check the roll by calling the Electoral Office on 0800 922 822 or visiting customer services at Forum North or the Ruakaka Service Centre.

I don’t live in Whangarei District but the property that I own in Whangarei District has many owners – who gets to vote?
If a property has many owners, those owners must choose one of the owners to represent that property, and only that person will have the right to vote.  That person will complete the enrolment form for non-resident ratepayer electors.

I live in Whangarei District but I am not on the Residential Electoral Roll – how do I enroll?
You can pick up an enrolment form (the one with the orange man on the front) from Council’s customer services office at Forum North or the Ruakaka Service Centre, any Post Shop or from the Electoral Commission at 22 Rathbone Street, complete it and send it in the free paid envelope.

I don’t live in Whangarei District but I own property in the District – how do I enroll?
Visit Council’s customer services office at Forum North or at the Ruakaka Service Centre and pick up and complete the enrolment form for non-resident ratepayer electors. 

Voting

When is polling day?
Friday 5 June 2015 – voting closes at noon.

When are voting packs posted out?
From Thursday 14 May 2015 and delivery is expected to take three working days. This is the beginning of the three week voting period which finishes at noon, Friday 5 June 2015.

What if I don’t receive my voting pack?
If you do not receive your pack by Monday 18 May 2015, call the electoral office on 0800 922 822 and ask for a special vote.

I am going to be away overseas during the voting period – can I still vote?
This would require a special vote and this can be arranged by calling the electoral office on 0800 922 822.

Can I get another voting pack if I damage or lose my pack originally sent to me?
Your vote will be accepted if your intention is clear. If your original vote is damaged or lost, call the electoral office on 0800 922 822 for a special vote.

Am I required to vote – is voting compulsory?
No voting is not compulsory but we would obviously like as many people to vote and have their say as possible.

What is the barcode on the voting document? I thought this is a secret vote.
The barcode is your unique number assigned by the electoral officer to enable your name to be ‘marked off the roll’ (and to prevent a person trying to vote more than once). It is a legal requirement and a person’s name and how they vote are held separately and not linked.

The recommended last day to post my vote back is Monday 1 June 2015. If I miss this date can I still return my vote?
Yes, votes can be dropped off at a ballot box located at customer services at Forum North or the Ruakaka Service Centre right up until the close of voting at noon, Friday 5 June 2015.

Can I vote online rather than by post?
No. Unfortunately legislation does not currently permit online voting.

General

What happens to the referendum if one of the options withdraws from the process?
If this occurs, how that is dealt with will depend on when in the process the option withdrew.  If this occurs we will address it at the time and communicate to the public the process from there.

When will results be known?
A preliminary result will be known mid-afternoon following the close of voting at noon, Friday 5 June 2015. Results will be available on Council’s website and the media will also be advised.

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