Independent Electoral Review initiates a broad review of New Zealand’s electoral laws

An Independent Electoral Review has been established by the Minister of Justice to conduct a broad review of New Zealand’s electoral laws. 

The independent panel has recently begun the first stage of engagement on the future of New Zealand’s electoral system. They are committing to hear a range of views and perspectives before recommending changes recognizing that elections are a critical part of our democracy, 

The review will cover almost everything to do with how elections work, including voting rights, voting methods, the length of the Parliamentary term, political donations, election campaigns, and the thresholds for parties to enter Parliament under MMP. 

The review’s Terms of Reference are available at Terms of reference | Electoral Review

Organisations and individuals are encouraged to engage with this kaupapa. A consultation document is available at Consultation Document | Electoral Review, Written submissions will be accepted until 14 November.  

Public meetings will be held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and online during this initial stage of engagement to give the public and organisations the opportunity to hear from and speak to the Panel. 

The dates for these meetings are:

  • Online: 4 October 2022
  • Auckland: 10 October 2022
  • Online: 19 October 2022
  • Wellington: 20 October 2022
  • Christchurch: 26 October 2022
  • Online: 31 October 2022

Register to attend these meetings at: Meet with the panel | Electoral Review.  


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