Next New Zealand general election

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Next New Zealand general election
New Zealand
2014 ←
No later than 18 November 2017

All 120 seats (plus any overhang) in the House of Representatives of New Zealand
61 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
  John Key 2014 (cropped).jpg David Cunliffe cropped.jpg
Leader John Key David Cunliffe
Party National Labour
Leader since 2006 2013
Leader's seat Helensville New Lynn
Last election 61 seats, 48.06% 32 seats, 24.69%
Seats needed Steady0 Increase29

  Metiria Turei and Russel Norman crop.jpg Winston Peters cropped.PNG
Leader Russel Norman /
Metiria Turei
Winston Peters
Party Green NZ First
Leader since 2006 / 2009 1993
(party foundation)
Leader's seat List List
Last election 13 seats, 10.02% 11 seats, 8.85%
Seats needed Increase48 Increase50

Incumbent Prime Minister

John Key

The next New Zealand general election will be held after the current 51st New Zealand Parliament is dissolved or expires. The current Parliament was elected on Saturday, 20 September 2014. The last possible date for the election to be held is Saturday, 18 November 2017.


Election date[edit]

Unless an early election is called or the election date is set to circumvent holding a by-election, a general election is held every three years. The last election was held on Saturday, 20 September 2014.[1]

The Governor General must issue writs for an election within seven days of the expiration or dissolution of the current Parliament.[2] Under section 17 of the Constitution Act 1986, Parliament expires three years "from the day fixed for the return of the writs issued for the last preceding general election of members of the House of Representatives, and no longer." The writs for the 2014 election are returnable, subject to any judicial recount, on 9 October 2014.[3] As a result, the 51st Parliament will expire, if not dissolved earlier, on Monday, 9 October 2017. Consequently, the last day for issuance of writs of election is 16 October 2014. The writs must be returned within 50 days of their issuance, which will be Tuesday, 5 December 2017.[4] Because polling day must be a Saturday[4] and two weeks is generally required for the counting of special votes, the last possible date for the next general election is Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Electorate boundaries[edit]

Electorates in the election will be the same as at the 2014 election. New boundaries are not due until early 2019, after the 2018 Census.


  1. ^ "New Zealand Election Results". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Electoral Act 1993, Sec. 125". 17 August 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "General election key dates". Electoral Commission (New Zealand). Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Electoral Act 1993, Sec. 139". 17 August 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.