According to Statistics New Zealand’s Sustainable Development and Population team there are up to 600,000 New Zealanders living overseas, most of them in Aussie (where Rayna Fahey just held her Green Party campaign launch last night).
Not all of them are eligible to vote, but presumably a significant proportion are. Last election there were 28,000 overseas votes. This time overseas voters are showing significantly more interest in the election, with almost 47,800 people enrolled to vote with an overseas postal address – that’s up 35% from last election’s 35,650 enrolled overseas voters.
So, here’s Jeanette’s thoughts on why those people need to get on the roll and vote.