We want to hear from you

We want to hear from all New Zealanders about their experiences and ideas for the future of the electoral system. The Review includes two stages of public consultation: the first stage ended on 14 November 2022 and the second stage will begin in May next year.

Between 13 September and 14 November, the Panel invited submissions on its consultation document, held a series of public meetings, and met with Māori and iwi, advocacy groups, and political parties to hear their views.

In May 2023, the panel will produce an interim report with its draft recommendations. This will give the public the opportunity to see how their input has been used and to provide further feedback, to inform the Panel's final report. The Panel is expected to provide its final recommendations to the Government in November 2023.

How to have your say

Our consultation document outlines current electoral law and practice and includes questions to help you provide your views. You can answer as many or as few questions as you like, or just tell us your thoughts on any of the topics. You do not need to read the entire document to submit your view.

You are able to have your say on the Review in several ways:

Closing date to share your views

The closing date for all submissions was 14 November 2022. Submissions received after this time may not be able to be considered unless an extension has been obtained.

Please email us at secretariat@electoralreview.govt.nz if you have been affected by the delay in alternate formats for the consultation and summary document and need an extension.

Privacy and official information

The panel intends to release the submissions that it receives. If you do not want your name or any other information that you provide in your submission to be released, please state this clearly when you send it to us and let us know why. For example, you may wish for some information to be kept confidential because it is sensitive personal information.

Your submission could also be subject to a request for information under the Official Information Act 1982. We will take your views into account when responding to requests under the Official Information Act.

The Privacy Act 2020 governs how the Independent Electoral Review collects, holds, uses, and shares personal information about you and the information you provide. You have the right to access and to correct this personal information.

Last updated: 9 November 2022

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