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General election's first step unfolds

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 20/06/2014
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NZ Post are busy working to get everyone's electoral roll letters out

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Simon Smith
BIG JOB: Electoral Commission registrar of electors Marama Wilson and Kenneth Lam in NZ Post’s Highbrook facility.

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Staff at an Auckland printing facility are using high tech gear to make sure around 2 million personally addressed letters are ready for posting to registered voters across the country next week.

The letters are among 3.2 million asking electors to confirm their details prior to the general election in September.

They are being printed at NZ Post's Highbrook printing facility in Auckland's eastern suburbs and the remainder are being produced in Christchurch. 

NZ Post production manager Natasha Fleming says the letters printed on the Highbrook plant's IJ20 printer are churned out at a rate of up to 1000 sheets of A4 per minute.

Each one is then folded and inserted into envelopes at a rate of 350 per minute by another machine.

Electoral Commission manager Rex Arrell is overseeing the project and says the process is going smoothly so far.

Letters will be posted out from Monday and he says anyone not in receipt of one by June 25 will need to enrol in order to vote.

Registrar of electors team leader Kenneth Lam oversees nine Auckland general electorates in the south and east of the city.

He says anyone who has moved houses in recent weeks needs to update their details immediately by filling out a new enrolment form.

Around 3.02 million people out of an estimated 3.39 million eligible voters are currently enrolled nationwide.

You must be at least 18 years old and a New Zealand citizen to be eligible to vote.

Go to elections.org.nz for an enrolment form.

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