Telephone dictation voting in the Hamilton West by-election starts on Wednesday 23 November and ends at 7pm on election day, Saturday 10 December.
Who is eligible for telephone dictation voting?
Anyone who is enrolled to vote in the Hamilton West general electorate and is blind, partially blind or has another physical disability that prevents them from marking their voting paper without assistance is eligible to vote by telephone dictation.
You need to register to use the telephone dictation service in the by-election, even if you've used it at previous elections.
How to register for telephone dictation voting
If you're eligible and would like to vote by telephone dictation, you need to register before you vote.
You can register to vote by telephone dictation from Thursday 3 November by calling
- 0800 028 028 within NZ or
- +64 4 471 2000 from overseas (international calling rates apply).
You can call to register on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. From Monday 5 December you can register from 9am to 7pm and until noon on election day, Saturday 10 December.
You must be registered for telephone dictation voting by noon on election day, Saturday 10 December. If you haven't registered by this time, you won't be able to vote by telephone dictation – but you can still vote at any voting place from Monday 28 November until 7pm on election day, Saturday 10 December.
When you register, you will be asked to choose a secret question and answer which only you know. You can choose from one of three secret questions:
- the name of your first primary school
- the name of your first pet
- the name of the street where you grew up.
You will be given a personal registration number once you have registered. Your registration number can be sent to you by email, text message, given to you over the phone, or someone can call you back. Make sure you’re ready to record your personal registration number if you want to receive it over the phone.
Your registration number and secret question are used to confirm that you're already registered when you call back to vote without giving your name to the electoral official. Please don't tell anyone your secret question or the answer to it until you call back to vote.
You'll need to know your registration number and the answer to your secret question when you call back to vote.
How to vote by telephone dictation
If you’re registered to vote by telephone dictation, you can vote from Wednesday 23 November by calling
- 0800 028 028 within NZ or
- +64 4 471 2000 from overseas.
You can call weekdays from 9am to 5pm (NZ time) until Friday 2 December and from Monday 5 December you can vote from 9am to 7pm. Your last chance to vote is on election day, Saturday 10 December from 9am to 7pm.
Once you’re connected to an electoral official you will be asked to provide your registration number. Do not give your name to the electoral official – they won't know your identity and your vote is secret. The electoral official will then ask you to answer the secret question you selected when registering.
The electoral official will read out the names of each candidate standing in the Hamilton West by-election. They will mark your voting paper according to your instructions.
A second electoral official will confirm that the voting papers have been marked according to your instructions.
Voting from overseas
If you’re enrolled in the Hamilton West electorate and you’re eligible to use telephone dictation voting, you can use this service from overseas.
You need to be:
- A New Zealand citizen who has visited New Zealand within the last 3 years, or
- A New Zealand permanent resident who has visited New Zealand within the last 12 months
For electoral purposes, you are a permanent resident if you’re in New Zealand legally and not required to leave within a specific time. This could include someone who holds a valid resident or other visa.
To be eligible to vote from overseas, you need to be enrolled by midnight, Friday 9 December.
You must be registered for telephone dictation voting by noon (NZ time) on election day, Saturday 10 December. If you haven't registered by this time, you won't be able to vote by telephone dictation – but you can still vote by downloading your voting papers.
Enrol to vote
You must be enrolled to make your vote count.
You can check you’re enrolled on our website, or call 0800 36 76 56 from within NZ or +64 9 909 4182 from overseas.
You can enrol or update your details at any voting place when you go to vote, or you can use your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity to do it online.
You can also download, complete and return a large print enrolment form or call freephone 0800 36 76 56 and ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you.
If you need help to enrol, an electoral official can assist you. Alternatively, you can ask a friend or family member to help you enrol or update your details.