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Notice of poll to decide whether Palmerston North city should be divided into one or more Māori wards

Friday February 23 2018

On Saturday 19 May 2018, a poll will be held by postal vote over all of Palmerston North city, using the first past the post electoral system.

The poll is to decide whether the city should be divided into one or more Māori wards.

The result of the poll will be binding on Palmerston North City Council. If the preferred option is that Palmerston North should be divided into one or more Māori wards, then a Māori ward or wards will be established by Palmerston North City Council for the Council elections to be held in 2019 and 2022. Otherwise, no Māori wards will be established for these elections.

Voting period

The voting period for this poll will be from Friday 27 April to Saturday 19 May 2018.

Electoral roll

A preliminary electoral roll for the poll can be inspected at the following locations during normal office hours from Friday 23 February to Friday 23 March:

  • Palmerston North City Council Customer Service Centre, 32 The Square, Palmerston North
  • Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North
  • Ashhurst Library, 64 Bamfield Street, Ashhurst
  • Awapuni Library, 96C College Street, Palmerston North
  • Linton Community Library, Corner Bells Road & Puttick Road, Linton
  • Mobile Library, various locations in Palmerston North
  • Roslyn Library, 8 Kipling Street, Palmerston North
  • Te Pātikitiki Library, 157 Highbury Avenue, Palmerston North

Electors may enrol or amend their enrolment details on the residential electoral roll by:

  • completing an enrolment form available at Post Shops, libraries or Council’s Customer Service Centre
  • calling 0800 (ENROL NOW) 0800 36 76 56
  • visiting the elections website:

Updates to the parliamentary electoral roll close at 5pm on Friday 23 March.

Applications for registration as a ratepayer elector are to be made on the non-resident ratepayer enrolment form available from the Palmerston North City Council Electoral Officer and must be returned to the Electoral Officer before 5pm Friday 23 March.

John Annabell
Electoral Officer – Palmerston North City Council
32 The Square – Private Bag 11034, Palmerston North 4442
06 356 8199