Voting from overseas in the 2017 general election

Just because you are out of the country doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having your say in this year's general election.

You can vote from overseas if you are enrolled and:

  • are a New Zealand citizen who has been in New Zealand within the past three years, or
  • are a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in New Zealand within the past twelve months.

Enrol, check or update your enrolment details here.

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

How to get your voting papers from overseas

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

From Wednesday 6 September, voters who are overseas can get their voting papers in one of the following ways:

  • Download and print their voting papers.  If you are on the unpublished roll, or inside New Zealand, you will not be able to download your voting papers.
  • Vote in person at an overseas post. A list of overseas post is available here.
  • Ask for postal voting papers.

You can ask now 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.  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 from overseas

Voters who are overseas can return their voting papers in one of the following ways:

  • Scan or photograph and upload their voting papers
  • Fax their voting papers to the Electoral Commission (+64 4 494 2300)
  • Post their voting papers to the Electoral Commission:
    • Overseas Voting
    • Electoral Commission
    • PO Box 3220
    • Wellington 6140
    • ​NEW ZEALAND
  • Post or hand deliver their voting papers to their nearest overseas post. A list of overseas posts is available here.

Voting papers returned to the Electoral Commission by upload or fax must be received no later than 7pm, Saturday 23 September (New Zealand 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).  Please check with your nearest overseas post for their closing time.  Overseas posts are not open on weekends or public holidays.

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

Overseas posts for the 2017 General Election

  • Argentina

    New Zealand Embassy
    Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA

  • Australia

    Electoral Commission South Australia
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA

    Northern Territory Electoral Commission
    Alice Springs, AUSTRALIA

    Electoral Commission Queensland
    Brisbane, AUSTRALIA

    New Zealand High Commission
    Canberra, AUSTRALIA

    ACT Electoral Commission
    Canberra, AUSTRALIA

    Northern Territory Electoral Commission
    Darwin, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA

    Tasmanian Electoral Commission
    Hobart, AUSTRALIA

    Victorian Electoral Commission
    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

    Western Australian Electoral Commission
    Perth, Australia

    New South Wales Electoral Commission
    Sydney, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Sydney Chatswood, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Sydney Haymarket, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Sydney Miranda, AUSTRALIA

    Australian Electoral Commission
    Sydney Parramatta, AUSTRALIA

  • Austria

    New Zealand Embassy
    Vienna, AUSTRIA
  • Barbados

    New Zealand High Commission
    Bridgetown, BARBADOS
  • Belgium

    New Zealand Embassy
    Brussels, BELGIUM
  • Brazil

    New Zealand Embassy
    Brasilia, BRAZIL

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
  • Canada

    New Zealand High Commission
    Ottawa, Canada

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    Vancouver, Canada

  • Chile

    New Zealand Embassy
    Santiago, Chile
  • China

    New Zealand Embassy
    Beijing, China

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Chengdu, China

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Guangzhou, China

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Shanghai, China

  • Cook Islands

    New Zealand High Commission
    Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • East Timor

    New Zealand Embassy
    Dili, East Timor
  • Egypt

    New Zealand Embassy
    Cairo, Egypt
  • England

    New Zealand High Commission
    London, England
  • Ethiopia

    New Zealand Embassy
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Fiji

    New Zealand High Commission
    Suva, Fiji

  • France

    New Zealand Embassy
    Paris, France

  • Germany

    New Zealand Embassy
    Berlin, Germany

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    Hamburg, Germany

  • Hong Kong (SAR)

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Hong Kong, SAR China

  • India

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    Mumbai, India

    New Zealand High Commission
    New Delhi, India

  • Indonesia

    New Zealand Embassy
    Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Iran

    New Zealand Embassy
    Tehran, Iran

  • Italy

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)

    Milan, Italy

    New Zealand Embassy
    Rome, Italy

  • Kiribati

    New Zealand High Commission
    Tarawa, KIRIBATI

  • Malaysia

    New Zealand High Commission
    Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

  • Mexico

    New Zealand Embassy
    Mexico City, MEXICO

  • Myanmar

    Embassy office
    Yangon, MYANMAR

  • Netherlands

    New Zealand Embassy
    The Hague, THE NETHERLANDS
  • New Caledonia

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA

  • Niue

    New Zealand High Commission
    Alofi, NIUE

  • Papa New Guinea

    New Zealand High Commission
    Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
  • Philippines

    New Zealand Embassy
    Manila, PHILIPPINES

  • Poland

    New Zealand Embassy
    Warsaw, POLAND

  • Russia

    New Zealand Embassy
    Moscow, RUSSIA

  • Samoa

    New Zealand High Commission
    Apia, SAMOA

  • Saudia Arabia

    New Zealand Embassy
    Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA

  • Singapore

    New Zealand High Commission

    Singapore, SINGAPORE

  • Solomon Islands

    New Zealand Embassy

    Honiara, SOLOMON ISLANDS

  • South Africa

    New Zealand High Commission

    Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Korea

    New Zealand Embassy

    Seoul, SOUTH KOREA

  • Spain

    New Zealand Embassy

    Madrid, SPAIN

  • Switzerland

    Permanent Mission

    Geneva, SWITZERLAND

  • Taiwan

    New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office
    Taipei, TAIWAN
  • Thailand

    New Zealand Embassy
    Bangkok, THAILAND
  • Tonga

    New Zealand High Commission
    Nuku'alofa, Tonga
  • Turkey

    New Zealand Embassy
    Ankara, Turkey
  • United Arab Emirates

    New Zealand Embassy
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    New Zealand Consulate General (NZTE)
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • United States of America

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Honolulu, United States of America

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Los Angeles, United States of America

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    New York, United States of America

    New Zealand Embassy
    Washington DC, United States of America

  • Vanuatu

    New Zealand High Commission
    Port Vila, Vanuatu

  • Vietnam

    New Zealand Consulate-General
    Hanoi, Viet Nam

    New Zealand Consulate-General (NZTE)
    Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam

Last updated: 23 June 2017