Voting papers for the local government elections are being sent out from tomorrow, giving voters about three weeks to make their decisions.
The papers must be returned - posted or hand delivered - in time to reach the relevant electoral officer by midday on 12 October.
Local Government New Zealand chief executive Malcolm Alexander encouraged people to vote as soon as possible after getting their voting papers, but many Auckland voters may feel compelled to wait a bit.
That's because the Auckland Unitary Plan being proposed by the present council does not become available for the public to see until September 30.
The plan is a massive set of rules setting out what can be built in the city. A draft version that came out in March was widely unpopular, with many people concerned about the building density being suggested.
The council said the draft had been revised, with changes decided at five days of formal committee meetings.
LGNZ said the average turnout for local authority elections in New Zealand was 50 per cent – and research had shown a large proportion of people who did not vote intended to do so but were too busy or forget.
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