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Percentage of voter turn-out at local authority elections - Hamilton City

Key points

This indicator measures the proportion of all enrolled electors (both resident and ratepayer) who cast a vote in the most recent local body elections. Voter turnout rates are a measure of political participation. They can be seen as an indicator of the extent to which citizens are a part of the political process, and the confidence the population has in, and the importance they attach to, political institutions.

  • For almost all local authorities in New Zealand and the Waikato Region, voter turnout in the 2007 local authority elections was the lowest since 1989.
  • Local authority voter turnout tends to be generally higher for councils with a smaller constituency. Voter turn-out in Hamilton City in 2007 was the second lowest of all territorial authorities in the region at 35%, together with Waikato District and Franklin District.  

Percentage of all enrolled electors (both resident and ratepayer) who cast a vote in local authority elections – Waikato Region territorial authorities

Territorial authority 1989 1992 1995 1998 2001 2004 2007
Franklin District

59

54

47

49

49

46

35

Thames-Coromandel District

83

68

63

87

61

56

53

Hauraki District

65

59

59

64

63

53

49

Waikato District

61

53

54

52

51

42

35

Matamata-Piako District

65

51

54

61

52

42

42

Hamilton City

58

52

50

54

47

45

35

Waipa District

57

49

53

49

50

42

34

Otorohanga District

69

56

71

62

51

55

40

South Waikato District

67

45

43

54

44

41

39

Waitomo District

62

54

65

64

61

56

40

Taupo District

70

62

62

65

60

53

50

Rotorua District

60

60

52

51

49

49

44

Source: Department of Internal Affairs/Ministry of Social Development

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What we want to achieve

The community outcomes we are seeking to achieve by increasing voter turn-out are:

  • All our people and communities can participate in decision-making. We are educated, informed and have the resources we need to take responsibility for our own futures.
  • Iwi, hapu and Maori work together with central government, local government and community organisations in mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Our communities understand partnerships under the Treaty of Waitangi and representation and processes for these partnerships have integrity.
  • The unique status of tangata whenua is respected and reflected in community processes.
  • Maori have the opportunity to participate in community development and decision-making at marae, hapu and iwi levels.