Enrol to vote

Enrolling to vote


If you’re eligible and are voting in an election for the first time, you must enrol to vote.

Enrolment forms are available at all post shops or you can enrol using the following methods:

Online: www.vote.nz

Phone: 0800 36 76 56

Free text: Send your name and address to 3676

Enrolment information - Easy Read format(PDF, 3MB)

Enrolment information in accessible formats  (vote.nz)

New Zealand sign language icon. Enrolment information in New Zealand Sign Language (vote.nz)

When you enrol, your name, address and occupation are listed on the electoral roll.

If you believe that having your details recorded on the printed electoral roll could threaten your personal safety, or that of your family, you can apply with the Electoral Commission to go on the confidential unpublished roll. 

How to go on the unpublished roll (vote.nz)

If you have previously registered to vote in a general election, you are automatically enrolled to vote in a local election in the area where you live.

You can check or update your enrolment details contacting the Electoral Commission or checking your enrolment details on their website.


Māori and General rolls

Whangarei District Council has established a Māori ward for the 2022 local elections.

If you’re of Māori descent, you can choose between the Māori roll and the general roll when you first enrol to vote. You can only vote for candidates in the ward you’re enrolled in (Māori or general).

If you choose the general roll, you’ll vote for candidates in a general ward. If you choose the Māori roll, you’ll vote for candidates in a Māori ward.

If you are of Māori descent and have previously registered to vote in a general electorate, you are enrolled on the general roll and will not be able to vote for candidates standing in a Māori ward.

Once you’re enrolled, you can only change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option, which is usually held every 5 years. The next Māori Electoral Option is in 2024.

Resident and Ratepayer rolls 

Those eligible to vote in the election are all resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors whose names appear on the electoral roll when the roll closes two months before the election.

For local elections, there are two electoral rolls, a resident roll for resident electors and a ratepayer roll for ratepayer electors.

The preliminary electoral roll, containing both the resident roll and ratepayer roll, will be available for public inspection from Friday 15 July 2022 to Friday 12 August 2022.

All eligible resident electors and non-resident ratepayer electors who have enrolled by Friday 12 August 2022, will be sent voting papers by post.  

Resident roll

All parliamentary electors, including those on the Māori Electoral Roll, are automatically enrolled on the resident roll, at the address where they live.

If you are a resident of the Whangārei District and have previously registered to vote in a general election, you are automatically enrolled on the resident electoral roll. There is no need to enrol separately for these elections.

Your voting papers will be sent to the address where you were residing at the last general election in 2020. If your address has changed since the last general election, you can update your details with the Electoral Commission.

Ratepayer Roll

If you live outside Whangārei District but you pay rates on a property in the Whangārei District, you may be eligible to be enrolled on the ratepayer roll.

Enrol as ratepayer

If you are on the electoral roll in one area and pay rates on a property in another area, you may be eligible for enrolment on the non-resident ratepayer roll.

You can enrol as a non-resident ratepayer at any time by completing the form below and returning it to the electoral officer by no later than Friday 12 August 2022 in order to vote.

Vote 2022 Rates Insert Flyer(PDF, 37KB)

Step 1:  Download and complete the Ratepayer Enrolment form:

Ratepayer enrolment form(PDF, 204KB)

Step 2:  Return the Ratepayer Enrolment form to:

The Electoral Officer
Whangarei District Council
PO Box 5135
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141

If you return the form after 12 August 2022, you must request a special voting document from the Electoral Officer. The special voting document will be issued on 16 September 2022, the start of the voting period. 

For more information on the ratepayer roll, eligibility or to make changes to the roll, please contact the Electoral Officer:

Phone: 09 973 5212

Email: info@electionservices.co.nz.

Companies, businesses, trusts, corporations, or societies which are ratepayers of a property in the Whangārei District may nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided such elector resides outside of the Whangārei District.

Partners, joint tenants and tenants in common who collectively pay rates on a property in the Whangārei District may also nominate an elector to vote on their behalf, provided such elector resides outside the Whangārei District.

No elector has the right to have more than one vote for a particular election issue regardless of how many properties they own.

You must be enrolled to vote by Friday 12 August 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I view the electoral roll?

The preliminary electoral roll for this election will be available for public inspection for a one-month period from Friday, 15 July 2022 to Friday, 12 August 2022.

The preliminary electoral roll can be inspected at:

  • Customer Services, Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangārei
  • Ruakākā Service Centre, 9 Takutai Place, Ruakākā

The above locations may be subject to COVID-19 restrictions, please refer to the COVID-19 page on our website.

COVID-19 Council services

I am a student and spend my time in different places. Where should I enrol?

You should enrol where you spend most of your time.

How do I know if I am already enrolled?

You can check to see if you are enrolled online or via phone.

Website: www.vote.nz

Phone: 0800 36 76 56

The Electoral Commission will be running a ‘roll update campaign’ at the beginning of July 2022, for the Parliamentary Electoral Roll which forms the basis of the electoral roll for the Whangarei District Council elections.

If you haven’t received a letter in the post during early July 2022, chances are that you are not enrolled, or your details are incorrect. You will then need to complete a Parliamentary Electoral Roll enrolment form.

I turn 18 on election day. Can I vote?

Yes, but you need to be provisionally enrolled, which you can do from the age of 17.

Your provisional enrolment will change automatically when you turn 18.

You will also need to apply for a special vote during the voting period (Friday 16 September 2022 to 12 noon, Saturday 8 October 2022).


You can view a final list of candidates on the following page.