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Next New Zealand general election

Next New Zealand general election

No later than 18 November 2017

All 120 seats (plus any overhang) in the House of Representatives
61 seats needed for a majority
Opinion polls
Leader John Key Andrew Little James Shaw /
Metiria Turei
Party National Labour Green
Leader since 2006 2014 2015 / 2009
Leader's seat Helensville List List / List
Last election 60 seats, 47.04% 32 seats, 25.13% 14 seats, 10.70%
Current seats 59 32 14
Seats needed Increase2 Increase29 Increase47

Leader Winston Peters Te Ururoa Flavell /
Marama Fox
David Seymour
Party NZ First Māori ACT
Leader since 1993
(party foundation)
2013 / 2014 2014
Leader's seat Northland Waiariki / List Epsom
Last election 11 seats, 8.66% 2 seats, 1.32% 1 seat, 0.69%
Current seats 12 2 1
Seats needed Increase49 Increase59 Increase60

Leader Peter Dunne
Party United Future
Leader since 2002
(party foundation)
Leader's seat Ōhāriu
Last election 1 seat, 0.22%
Current seats 1
Seats needed Increase60

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

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 were returned on 10 October 2014, a day late due to a judicial recount of the Te Tai Tokerau electorate.[3] As a result, the 51st Parliament will expire, if not dissolved earlier, on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Consequently, the last day for issuance of writs of election is 17 October 2014. The writs must be returned within 50 days of their issuance (save for any judicial recount or death of a candidate), which will be Wednesday, 6 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

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.

Opinion polling


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