Before a law is passed you can give your views on it — called making a submission. You can do this online.
You can give local and central government feedback on their plans before they make decisions.
You can make an official information request to the organisation or person you think holds the information you want.
The Government is formed after a democratic election held every 3 years.
You can’t vote in NZ elections unless you’re on the electoral roll. It’s compulsory to be enrolled if you qualify — but voting is optional.
If you’re of Māori descent, you can choose to be on the Māori Electoral Roll or the General Electoral Roll when you vote in general elections.
Voting gives you a say on the people and political parties that will represent you in Parliament. NZ elections happen every 3 years.
If you think you’ve been treated unfairly by a central or local government agency, you can make a complaint.
If you can’t solve a problem with a government agency, you can complain to the Ombudsman.
MPs represent you in Parliament. You have the right to contact an MP to discuss any issue.
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