Enrolling to vote

To vote in a local authority, you need to be enrolled on either the residential roll (the same roll which is used at the General Elections for government which is administered by Elections New Zealand) or on the ratepayer electoral roll (people who do not live in Upper Hutt but own property – this roll is looked after by Council).

Residential roll

You are eligible to enrol on the residential roll if you:

  • are 18 years of age 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.

How to enrol

If you have already registered to be on the parliamentary (electoral) roll, you are automatically enrolled on the local authority residential roll at the address where you live. You do not have to be a ratepayer to qualify for enrolment on the residential roll.

From Monday 27 June, everyone currently on the roll will be sent an enrolment update pack in the mail. All you need to do is check that your details are right. If they are correct, you don’t need to do anything more. If anything needs updating, make the changes and send them back immediately.

Change your address

To change your address details on the residential roll you can:

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 ratepayer roll (for the local authority area in which you pay rates but don’t reside).

Companies, organisations or societies paying rates on a property may nominate one of its members or officers as a ratepayer elector (provided that both the person nominating and the nominee live outside the local authority area).

You are eligible to enrol on the residential 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 a resident outside of Upper Hutt city and have been nominated by a firm, company, corporation or society paying rates on a property in Upper Hutt.

Ratepayer Enrolment Form [PDF 199 Kb]

Contact the Council Deputy Electoral Officer to find out more if you are unsure if you qualify.

Links to more information about local body elections are provided in the Resources & Links section.

Kids voting

It’s not just eligible adults who will be casting their votes in this year’s local elections. School children across New Zealand will also experience a local council election first-hand as voters in the Kids Voting 2016 programme. Supported by Local Government New Zealand as part of its Vote2016 campaign for the October local elections, Kids Voting gives young people aged 11 to 15 the opportunity to engage with real issues, decide which candidates best represent their own views, and vote for real candidates in their region.

View more information about this on the Vote 2016 website – http://www.lgnz.co.nz/vote2016/voters/kids-voting/

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Last updated on 08 Sep 2016