New Zealand

New Zealand

4,401,916 10

Population (as of May 29, 2015)

Elections in our database

3,158,576 71.16%

Registered Voters (as of March 25, 2016)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Queen Queen Head of State
House of Representatives Assembly
Prime Minister Prime Minister Head of Government

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II *
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister John KEY
  • Assembly: New Zealand has a unicameral House of Representatives with 120 seats.

* The Queen is represented by Governor General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" MATEPARAE (since 31 August 2011).

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is hereditary.
  • The Prime Minister is appointed by the governor-general.**
  • In the House of Representatives, 70 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 3-year terms and 50 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 3-year terms.***

** The leader of the majority party or the leader of a majority coalition is usually appointed prime minister.

*** The electoral system is MMP. The voter has two votes: one for a party, one for the respective single-member constituency. Seven constituencies are reserved to the Maori people. Once constituency seats are filled, PR list seats are allocated to each party until its overall seat share is proportional to its share of party votes. Parties must clear a national threshold of 5 percent or win at least one constituency seat in order to qualify for seats in the ordinal tier. If a party wins more seats in the nominal tier than it would have been entitled to based on its share of ordinal tier votes, it keeps these seats, known as "overhang."

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Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
House of Representatives 1999-11-27 2,047,473 2,509,365 81.59%
House of Representatives 2002-07-27 2,040,248 2,670,030 76.41%
House of Representatives 2005-09-17 2,286,190 2,822,148 81.01%
House of Representatives 2008-11-08 2,376,480 2,990,759 79.46%
Referendum 2009-08-25 1,684,402 3,002,968 56.09%
Referendum 2011-11-26 2,257,243 3,070,847 73.51%
House of Representatives 2011-11-26 2,278,989 3,070,847 74.21%
Referendum 2013-11-22 1,368,925 3,037,405 45.07%
House of Representatives 2014-09-20 2,416,481 3,140,417 76.95%
Referendum 2016-03-03 2,124,507 3,158,576 67.26%

Voter Turnout