To vote in a local authority election, you need to be enrolled on either the residential or ratepayer electoral roll. Voting in the 2016 elections will occur from Friday 16 September to 5pm, Saturday 8 October.
How to get on the Residential Electoral Roll
To vote at the elections, make sure you are on the parliamentary electoral roll. You are eligible to enrol on the residential roll if you:
- are 18 years or older; and
- are a New Zealand Citizen or permanent resident; and
- have lived in New Zealand continuously, at any time, for one year or more; and
- have lived at your current address for more than one month
You do not need to enrol if you are already on the Electoral Roll for Parliamentary Elections. However, you will need to update your address on the roll, if you have changed your address since the last elections.
To enrol, obtain an enrolment form or update your details either by:
- calling 0800 ENROLNOW (0800 367 656)
- visiting any NZ Postshop
- visiting the elections website and enrol/update your details online
If you have turned 18, you will need to enrol to VOTE and, if you have moved house since the last election, you should update your details (address details, postal details etc), using the information provided above.
An enrolment update pack will be posted to all enrolled electors in late June and you can update your personal enrolment details then.
Council will also have some enrolment packs available from its offices in Timaru, Temuka and Geraldine.
The Timaru District Electoral Roll will be open for inspection from 15 July 2016 and updates can be made until 12 August 2016. After this date, if you are not enrolled you will need to make a Special Vote.
Non-Resident (Ratepayer) Electoral Roll
The Ratepayer Roll is a list of people who own property within a local council area but who usually live outside this area. Electors who are on the Ratepayer Roll are able to vote in the local council area in which they usually live (and are enrolled to vote in) and for the local council area where they are registered on the Ratepayer Roll.
If you are enrolled on the parliamentary roll in one local authority area and pay rates on a property in another, you may be eligible to apply for enrolment on the non-resident ratepayer roll (for the local authority area in which you pay rates but don't reside).
You are eligible to enrol on the ratepayer roll if you:
- are a registered parliamentary elector, and
- are a non-resident ratepayer who has applied for enrolment on the ratepayer roll
or, if you:
- are resident outside of Timaru District and have been nominated by a firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property in Timaru District.
A firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (providing the nominated person resides outside of the area).
To go on the Ratepayer Roll, you need to apply to the electoral officer for the local council area in which you own property but do not usually live.
Please contact us if you have any questions.