How to vote

When an election (or by-election) comes around, it's important that you know how to have your say and don't miss out because of a technicality. Here you can find out more about how to participate. Even a single vote can count so make sure you support the person or people you want to represent you and your community. 

Residents Ratepayers (living out of district) Special voting Postal voting

I am a resident of the Queenstown Lakes District

You can enrol on the 'residential roll' if you:

  • are 18 years or age or older, and

  • are an Aotearoa New Zealand citizen of permanent resident, and

  • have lived in Aotearoa New Zealand continuously, at any time, for one year or more, and 

  • have lived at your current address for more than one month.

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. If you have recently moved, make sure you check and update your details. 

You do not have to be a ratepayer to qualify for enrolment on the residential roll. 

Check your details

To check your enrolment details, please visit

I am a Queenstown Lakes District ratepayer but live somewhere else

If you live in one area and pay rates on a property in another then you may qualify to enrol as a ratepayer elector. You will need to complete an enrolment form for ratepayer electors which you can obtain from the Electoral Officer. 

Get in touch

If you want to know more about voting as an out-of-district ratepayer please contact our Electoral Officer 

Special voting

Special votes are available during the three-week voting period ahead of the closing date, where electors':

  • Names do not appear on the final electoral roll, but who qualify.

  • Did not receive a voting document.

  • Spoil or damage a voting document previously posted to them.

  • Names appear on the unpublished electoral roll.

Special votes can be made in person at both Queenstown and Wānaka officers. You will be asked to complete a statutory declaration which details why you need to cast a special vote. 

Postal voting

Local body elections are generally conducted by postal vote and if you are on the electoral role you will receive your voting papers three to four weeks in advance of the voting closure date. It will include a postage paid return envelope and must be posted in time to reach the Electoral Officer by 12.00pm on the day voting closes. Voting papers may also be delivered to the Council offices at 10 Gorge Road, Queenstown or 47 Ardmore Street, Wānaka.

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