Enrolling from overseas is easy and means you can take part in New Zealand’s elections.
You can enrol and vote from overseas if all the following statements are true:
Enrolling from overseas is not compulsory — it’s your choice whether you enrol.
For electoral purposes, you are a permanent resident if you’re in New Zealand legally and not required to leave within a specific time.
If you’re Australian, Niuean, Tokelauan, or a Cook Islander you can enrol and vote if you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more.
You’re eligible to enrol and vote no matter how long you’ve been outside New Zealand if you’re in one of the following groups:
You’ll enrol in the electorate where you last lived for 1 month or more.
Find your electorate using your address
Ready to enrol?
Once you’re enrolled, remember to keep your details up to date.
You can ask someone you know to help you enrol or to enrol on your behalf.
You can ask a support person, such as a friend or family member, to help you fill in your enrolment form or do it for you.
You need to sign the form.
If you’re overseas you can ask someone to enrol on your behalf, as long as that person is enrolled to vote. You could ask a family member, friend or someone who holds a power of attorney for you.
If you get a family member or a friend to enrol for you, they must write ‘Elector overseas — signed by their direction’ next to their signature on the enrolment form.
If you get someone who holds a power of attorney to enrol for you, they must write ‘Elector overseas — Power of attorney’ next to their signature on the enrolment form.
If you want to help someone who is overseas and can’t complete and sign their enrolment form because of a physical or mental impairment, go to the following page to find out how:
Getting help to enrol
If you need help with enrolling or helping someone else to enrol, contact us.
From overseas +64 9 909 4182
From New Zealand 0800 36 76 56