New Zealand 2017 General Election

Voting from overseas

Being out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in the 2017 General Election.

You can vote from overseas by:

You can vote from overseas if you’re enrolled, and:

  • you’re a New Zealand citizen who has been in NZ within the past 3 years, or
  • you’re a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in NZ within the past 12 months

You need to be enrolled by midnight, Friday 22 September (NZ time). You cannot enrol on election day.

Enrol, check or update your enrolment details now

If you have any further questions about enrolling or voting from overseas:

  • Email overseas@elections.org.nz
  • From within NZ call 0800 36 76 56
  • From overseas call +64 9 909 4182 (International call rates may apply)

Download and print your voting papers

From Wednesday 6 September you can download and print voting papers from our website.

You won’t be able to do this if you’re inside NZ or if you’re on the unpublished roll.

Click here to download and print your voting papers.

How to return your voting papers

Ask for postal voting papers

You can ask to be sent postal voting papers. These voting papers will be sent from New Zealand at the beginning of September, about three weeks before election day.

Voting papers are not automatically sent to voters who are overseas.

To ask for postal voting papers, you’ll need to provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Email and/or phone number
  • New Zealand address where you are enrolled to vote
  • Overseas address where you want your voting papers to be sent in the mail.

Please send this information by:

How to return your voting papers

Vote in person at an overseas post

You can vote in person at an overseas post from Wednesday 6 September. The opening hours of overseas posts may vary, and will be subject to local holidays – please check with your nearest overseas post for their opening hours.

Overseas posts are not open on weekends or public holidays.

Find your nearest overseas post

Return your voting papers from overseas

You can return your voting papers from overseas from Wednesday 6 September by:

Voting papers returned to the Electoral Commission by upload or fax must be received no later than 7pm, Saturday 23 September (NZ time).

Voting papers returned to the Electoral Commission by post must be postmarked no later than Thursday, 21 September and received at the Electoral Commission or at your Returning Officer’s headquarters by noon, Wednesday 27 September.

Voting papers returned to an overseas post must be received before the close of voting at that post, usually 4pm (local time) Friday 22 September (subject to local holidays).

Locations of overseas posts for the 2017 General Election

Honolulu

Physical Address:
New Zealand Consulate-General
733 Bishop Street, Suite 2020 96813
Honolulu, Honolulu County
Hawaii
United States of America

Postal Address:
Same as physical address

Phone: +1 808 675 5555    Fax: +1 808 675 5561
Email: HLUEnquiries@mfat.govt.nz
Office open hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 12:00pm, 1:00am – 5:00pm
Last day of voting:    4pm, Friday 22 September
Office will be closed on:    No closures

New York

Physical Address:
New Zealand Consulate-General
41st Floor, 295 Madison Ave
Manhatten 10017
New York
United States of America

Postal Address:
Same as physical address

Phone: +1 212 832 4038    Fax: +1 212 832 7602
Email:
Office open hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 12:30pm, Afternoon by appointment
Last day of voting: 12:30pm, Friday 22 September
Office will be closed on: No closures

Washington

Physical Address:
New Zealand Embassy
37 Observatory Circle NW
Washington, DC 20008
United States of America

Postal Address:
Same as physical address

Phone: +1 202 328 4800    Fax: +1 202 667 5227
Email: wshinfo@mfat.govt.nz
Office open hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Last day of voting: 4pm, Friday 22 September
Office will be closed on: No closures

Los Angeles

Physical Address:
New Zealand Consulate-General
Suite 600E, 2425 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica
California 90404
United States of America

Postal Address:
Same as physical address

Phone: +1 310 566 6555    Fax: +1 310 566 6556
Email:  nzcg.la@mfat.net
Office open hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am  – 4:30pm
Last day of voting: 4pm, Friday 22 September
Office will be closed on: No closures

Author: GBA

Retired New Zealand/American/British citizen living in New York City.

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