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Do you have a vote?

I live in rental accommodation.  That means I am not a rate payer and that can mean that in some peoples eyes I don’t get a say in local democracy.  For example when the letters over whether people wanted wheelie bins or bags were sent out they went to the house owners rather than tenants.  As a significant number of houses on the island are second homes or rentals that meant that many of those letters were being sent to Auckland, other parts of  NZ and even to other parts of the world.  How clued in do you think those owner/ non occupiers might be?

Anyway I was a bit concerned that the same would be happening when it comes to the super city and the new local board so I asked our Councillor Denise Roche for some further information.  Here is her reply.

Who can vote?

From what I’ve read the third bill is pretty much the same as it has been under the Local Government Act and what happened last elections. (There might be a change about long term commercial renters – but I’m still finding out about that.)

So what happens is:

All people on the electoral role can vote whether they are renters or landowners.  You do get to vote for your councillor and your local board. – so long as you have remembered to register on the electoral roll.

[ you can check whether you are registered at https://secure.elections.org.nz/app/enrol/ ed]

The issue gets confusing where voters own more than one property in the area or in another area in the Local Authority area.

So scenario A is where Ms X owns two properties on Waiheke and lives on Waiheke: She gets ONE vote for councillor and also for the Local Board for Waiheke.

Scenario B is where Mr Y owns a property on Waiheke and one on the North Shore and his electoral roll address is the North Shore. Mr X gets to vote for the North Shore councillor and the North shore local board AND the Waiheke Local Board. Mr X’s tenant on Waiheke (as long as he’s on the electoral roll) gets to vote for the Waiheke ward councillor and the Waiheke Local Board as well.

Scenario C is where Mrs Z owns three properties – one on Waiheke, one in Papakura and one in Massey. She lives on Waiheke. – The same rule applies: she gets to ONE vote for councillor but can vote for all the Local Boards in the area where she owns properties.

So yes, in a nutshell – it is more than one vote one person for the election of Local Boards.

Clear as mud?

Kind regards. Denise

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