2023 General Election
Where to vote in Queenstown-Lakes
The general election is bracing to open their doors to voters.
Monday October 2nd voting places will start accepting voters. Staying open from 9am to 7pm.
The official election day is Saturday the 14th of October.
Below are all the voting places in our Queenstown-Lakes Region.
If you fall outside of this area, use the link below to find your voting place.
- Queenstown CBD: Queenstown Primary School & Queenstown Memorial Centre
- Frankton – St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church, Remarkables Primary School or Queenstown events Centre
- Lake Hayes – Gems ChildCare
- Jacks Point – Te Kura Whakatipu o Kawarau
- Arrowtown Primary School
- Arrowtown Atheneum Hall
- St Johns Presbyterian Church
- St John’s Ambulance Service Room
- Glenorchy Primary School
- Wanaka CBD: Lake Wanaka Centre or Upper Clutha Presbyterian Church
- ThreeParks: Te Kura o Take Karara
- Luggate Hall
- Lake Hawea Community Centre
- Cromwell Presbyterian Church, Cromwell Sports Club, Cromwell Primary School Hall
You should’ve received a voting card in the mail with your unique number – this will help streamline your sign in when ready to vote.
When in your pod you’ll have two votes to cast.
1 for the party you wish to support.
1 for the candidate that you want to represent and your community in Parliament.
If you’re not enrolled in the electoral commission, you will need to place a special vote.
Our general election happens every 3 years.
Your vote can determine outcomes for the future of our country.
Crucially choosing a party which will use our taxpayer earnings to fund projects you believe in.
A handy site to get informed about the political parties and their different policies is:
These media sites are doing extensive coverage of the general election:
Where things get blurry:
A party can broker an agreement with another party, combining votes so they can accumulate enough numbers to form government.
We saw this with the 2017 election when Labour went into a coalition with NZ First and Greens.
As a voter, it’s important to have an idea of what you’re voting for.
Multi-party agreements form a government with different priorities than what parties had initially campaigned on.
A coalition is where two or more parties agree to be in government together.
Confidence and supply agreements are like a watered-down version of a coalition, where one party will agree to support another on the most important matters.
We encourage you to vote.
Here’s 5 reasons why you should :
- In 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to allow all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This should not be taken for granted.
- Earn the right to complain. If you don’t vote you don’t have any grounds to complain about the decisions being made by politicians.
- Change the balance of power. The younger you are the longer you will have to live with the consequences of the election.
- Embrace equality
- Because Lorde says so.