as at 29 April 2022
The FAQs will be updated with any frequent questions that arise during the campaign.
What is the Tauranga by-election?
A by-election is being held in the Tauranga electorate on 18 June 2022 to elect a new local member of Parliament.
Who can enrol to vote in the Tauranga by-election?
You are eligible to enrol and vote in the Tauranga by-election if you:
- have lived in the Tauranga electorate for more than one month
- are 18 years of age or older, and
- have lived in New Zealand for more than one year continuously at some time in your life, and
- are a New Zealand citizen, or
- are a New Zealand permanent resident.
When do I need to enrol by?
Everyone who is enrolled by Wednesday 11 May will be sent an EasyVote information pack in the mail. The pack includes your personal EasyVote card and all the information you need to vote.
If you enrol after 11 May, you can still vote, but you won’t get an EasyVote card.
You can enrol right up to and on election day, Saturday 18 June.
How do I know if I’m enrolled?
You can check your enrolment details online at www.vote.nz. You can also call 0800 36 76 56.
I’m on the Māori roll – can I vote in the Tauranga by-election?
No, Tauranga is a general electorate. Only people enrolled on the Tauranga electoral roll are able to vote in this by-election.
I’m on the Māori roll and live in Tauranga – can I change to the general roll for the by-election?
No, once enrolled, voters of Māori descent can only change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option. The next Option is scheduled to be held in 2024.
I turn 18 on election day, Saturday 18 June. Can I still vote?
Yes, you can enrol and vote on election day.
If you’re 17, you can provisionally enrol and we’ll automatically update your enrolment so you are ready to vote on election day.
How do I enrol to vote?
Enrolling is quick and easy. You can enrol or update your details online at vote.nz using your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity. You can also call 0800 36 76 56 and ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you. You can also enrol and vote at any voting place.
What are the boundaries for the Tauranga electorate?
The Tauranga electorate includes Tauranga city and Mount Maunganui and extends southwest to Tauriko. There were no changes to the boundaries at the last boundary review in 2020.
When is election day?
Election day for the Tauranga by-election is Saturday 18 June. Voting begins on Saturday 4 June.
Who can vote in the Tauranga by-election?
Only people who are enrolled in the Tauranga electorate can vote in the by-election.
Where and when can I vote?
From Saturday 4 June, you can vote at any advance voting place. The days and times advance voting places are open vary, so check the opening hours before you go.
On election day Saturday 18 June, you can vote at any of the voting places within the Tauranga electorate boundaries. On election day, voting places are open from 9.00am to 7.00pm.
You can find the location of your nearest advance voting place and election day voting place at vote.nz from 4pm on Tuesday 17 May. There will also be a list of voting places in your EasyVote pack. You can also call 0800 36 76 56 to ask where your nearest voting place is.
Will I get an EasyVote pack?
If you’re enrolled to vote by Wednesday 11 May, you’ll be sent everything you need to make voting easy, including your personalised EasyVote card, in the mail around the time advance voting starts.
Your pack includes:
- your personalised EasyVote card
- a list of candidates for the Tauranga by-election
- a list of advance voting places and election day voting places and when they are open
- a guide to voting in the by-election.
I haven’t received an EasyVote card. Can I still vote?
Yes, the EasyVote card has been designed to make voting faster, but you can vote without it.
What happens when I go to vote?
When you go to vote, take your EasyVote card with you. Give it to the person issuing your voting paper. It will help them find you on the electoral roll.
You will be given a voting paper for the by-election. On your voting paper, place a tick by the name of the person you want to be your local member of Parliament.
Once you’ve made your choice put your paper in the ballot box and you’re done.
If you haven’t voted before, or don’t know what to do – don’t worry, there will be people at the voting place who can show you what to do.
Will there be a party vote and an electorate vote?
There is only one vote in the by-election, the vote for the candidate you want to be your local Member of Parliament.
There is no party vote. This is different from a general election where you have two votes – one for a party and the other for your local candidate.
Who will be standing in the by-election?
We don’t know yet. Nominations close at noon Tuesday 17 May. We’ll release a list of the candidates after that on vote.nz
What if I can’t get to a voting place?
If you can’t get to a voting place, for example for health or mobility reasons, or because you are isolating at home because of COVID-19, you can still vote.
- Ask if there is anyone who can pick up a voting papers from a voting place for them.
- If they don’t have anyone who can pick up papers, transfer the person through to electorate headquarters.
- If it is outside business hours, take the caller’s details and email their name and contact telephone number to Tauranga@vote.nz for a follow-up phone call.
Will there be dictation voting for blind or low-vision voters?
Yes. Voters who are blind, partially blind or have a physical disability that prevents them from marking their voting paper without assistance, will be able to vote using telephone dictation. You need to register before you can vote using telephone dictation. You can register from Thursday 12 May by calling 0800 028 028.
Registration will be open weekdays 9am to 5pm and on election day until 12 noon. Voting opens on Wednesday 1 June and will close at 7pm on Election Day, 18 June.
More information is available on our website at vote.nz or call 0800 028 028.
How can I vote if I’m in a rest home?
If you are in a rest home, you don’t need to contact us. Your local Electorate Manager will contact the manager of your rest home to arrange voting services.
How can I vote if I’m in hospital?
If you can’t get to a voting place because you are in hospital, from Saturday 4 June a friend or family member can bring you your voting papers. If you’re scheduled to go into hospital prior to election day, it’s best to vote in advance if you can, from Saturday 4 June. Call us on 0800 36 76 56 for more information.
Can I vote from outside the electorate?
If you are planning to be away on election day Saturday 18 June, you may be able to vote before you Tauranga. You can vote from Saturday 4 June at any advance voting place. Information about where and when to vote will be available from 4pm on Tuesday 17 May at vote.nz.
If you are going to be away for the whole voting period, you can arrange a postal vote. Call 0800 36 76 56 for more information.
- Voters asking for a postal vote will need to supply an address where the papers can be delivered to.
- After completing their voting papers, they need to return it in the supplied prepaid envelope.
- There will be instructions sent with the voting papers so the voter knows what to do.
- If someone is not able to receive postal voting papers because they are on a ship, they should be put through to the overseas voting team for assistance.
How can I vote if I’m overseas?
If you are going to be overseas on election day, you can still vote. From Wednesday 1 June you can download your papers from overseas from vote.nz. You need to be enrolled before you can download your voting papers. You will be given instructions on how to return your voting papers when you download them.
If you’ll still going to be in New Zealand when voting starts on Saturday 4 June, you can vote early at any advance voting place.
Who can be a candidate in the by-election?
To be a candidate you must:
- be a New Zealand citizen
- be enrolled to vote
- be nominated by two registered electors who are enrolled in the Tauranga electorate, and
- pay a deposit of $300.
How do I become a candidate in the by-election?
A candidate nomination form can be downloaded from our website at vote.nz. Send your completed candidate nomination form to email@example.com by noon Tuesday 17 May.
For more information, go to Becoming a candidate in the Tauranga by-election | Vote NZ
When will I know who is standing in the by-election?
A list of candidates will be published on our website vote.nz at about 4pm Tuesday 17 May.
What measures will be in place for COVID-19?
When you go to vote, there’ll be hand sanitiser to use, disposable masks will be available, and if you like, you can bring your own pen to mark your voting paper.
If you can’t get to a voting place, you can still vote. Call 0800 36 76 56 to arrange a takeaway or postal vote.
Will I have to show a vaccine pass to vote in the by-election?
Anyone who is eligible to vote in the by-election, can vote. Voters don’t need to be vaccinated or have a My Vaccine Pass.