Key election dates

March 11th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar
  1. Fri 20 June – regulated period begins
  2. Thu 31 July – House rises
  3. Thu 14 August – Parliament dissolved
  4. Wed 20 August – Writ Day
  5. Tue 26 August – Nominations close
  6. Sat 20 September – Election Day
  7. Sat 4 October – Final results declared
  8. Thu 9 October – Return of the Writ
  9. Mon 20 November – latest day for Parliament to meet and a Government effectively to be formed
  10. Mon 9 October 2017 – 51st Parliament dissolves
  11. Sat 18 November 2017 – latest date for next general election

There are 13 sitting weeks of the House to go before it rises.

UPDATE: The start of the regulated period is when the spending caps start for parties and candidates, and also when Parliament moves to tighter spending rules and MPs and parliamentary parties are less able to use their parliamentary budgets for advertising and publications.

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14 Responses to “Key election dates”

  1. deanknight (263 comments) says:

    Actually, the first meeting of Parliament by 20 Nov is only a sentinel date for government formation. There are contingency plans that allow government formation to run past this date if that is necessary.

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  2. WineOh (601 comments) says:

    I heard Winston on Morning Report today, jeez what a toss-pot. Interviewer was asking him to respond to JK’s assertion that NZ First had aligned themselves with Labour-Greens coalition. Good ol’ Winnie goes off his nut saying it was not the case, that it was dishonest, manipulative etc. Goes on to say that having the election in September is a disaster, and means that NZ will have 34-month governments rather than 3-years, basically has a 5 minute b!tch and moan session… that the nation doesn’t want pre-arranged coalitions.

    [me] – So … I guess NZ First doesn’t want to work with National… so… that would mean aligning with Labour-Greens then??

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  3. tvb (4,244 comments) says:

    People who vote NZF are entitled to KNOW what Winston is going to do with their vote. What Winston is asking for is a blank cheque to do what he likes with the thousands of votes in his trust. His is the only political party who have this view. When you vote Greens/Labour/Mana you can be fairly sure what will happen with your vote, likewise with Peter Dunne. The Maori Party is still uncertain and they need to make their position clear as well.

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  4. TimG_Oz (924 comments) says:

    The title of this post seems as if it’s also making a prediction.

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  5. Keeping Stock (10,170 comments) says:

    @ WineOh – Winston is only upset because his enforced retirement will come two months earlier than he had hoped. Oh dear; how sad; never mind :P

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  6. peterwn (3,211 comments) says:

    tvb – The Maori Party is entitled to set its policy objectives then promise to align with whichever bloc that would best achieves its policy objectives. Same with any other minor party. If electors do not like this, they should not vote for that party. Minor parties also have to expect that they will be taunted about their prospective alignment and need to handle this to their best electoral advantage. This is the stuff of MMP politics.

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  7. emmess (1,394 comments) says:

    Goes on to say that having the election in September is a disaster, and means that NZ will have 34-month governments rather than 3-years

    I kinda agree with that, not that it is a disaster but shouldn’t the following election be a maximum of 36 months after the previous election.

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  8. william blake (109 comments) says:

    Don’t you mean Cunliffe election dates.

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  9. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    emmess – we could get a 38 month term if the election is held in November 2017.

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  10. emmess (1,394 comments) says:

    Gazzmaniac – yes, that is what I was saying
    Shouldn’t the 2017 election be held no later that September 20 2017?

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  11. david (2,553 comments) says:

    So the pamphlets, and bullshit blurbs, the hoardings produced and the TV adverts in the can (possibly with broadcast schedules booked and invoiced) all by 20 June which means that the taxpayers get the privilege of paying for them? How does the regulated period get cut-off? Accruals basis or payments basis?

    And what rorts are available to those with leaders’ budgets and PS funding available that if managed properly (a la early invoicing) can benefit them through to election day?

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  12. Fisiani (992 comments) says:

    National received the highest ever party vote in 2011 but did not reach 48%. Government was achieved by a knife edge. So many people apparently make a party vote decision at the polling booth. If you want a John Key led government then you need to vote National. This message has to be heard so often that it is ingrained inthe minds of all voters.

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  13. tvb (4,244 comments) says:

    There is only one minor party that is being vague about what they will do with the votes they hold in trust and that is Winston. Any vote for the other and you can be fairly sure what is going to be done with it. The PM is quite justified in placing the pressure on Winston over this issue because he could hold the balance of power. Voters who give their votes to him in trust should know what Government they will be voting for. So far Winston is being vague. If he continues this line then he can fall under the 5% and his votes can be redistrited to the other parties roughly in proportion to their support. That seems to be what should happen.

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  14. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    Gosh: Viscount Cunners, Home Renovator of Marine Parade Herne Bay is grumbling about the election date.

    Sooo … if Key had announced a date post the G20, naturally Viscount Cunners would have been fully supportive and would not have complained that it was an outrage because in the event of a change of Government, Key would have had no mandate to represent NZ … errr … umm .. but maybe not.

    Viscount Cunners … putting the “t” into Cunliffe.

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