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Weather no excuse not to vote on Election Day – looking good across NZ

Updated 9:50am Saturday: Each General Election for the past decade has provided special updates across Election Day, letting you know best times to get out and vote and how to avoid any possible severe weather.

In the past New Zealand has had gales, torrential rain and hail on election day – our elections are held in spring afterall!

This year, however, the weather is looking so settled we will have no need for extra updating across Saturday by the looks of it.

We checked with the Electoral Commission several years ago, as on election day there are quite a few ‘very old fashioned rules’ that everyone needs to be aware of. However weather forecasters are allowed to advise on when the best times are to go out and vote if there’s dangerous weather about – and when to stay inside.

Saturday September 23rd looks mostly settled around New Zealand with a low risk of  any possible severe weather. In other words – the weather shouldn’t be an excuse for not voting in New Zealand’s 2017 General Election!

SATURDAY WEATHER RISKS                   **UPDATED 9:50am**

Patchy rain and showers / spits around Southland, Fiordland, South Westland and some parts of Otago.

A few showers in Northland, Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne, with perhaps a heavier more isolated inland shower near the ranges later in the day around the eastern North Island. 

We’ll be monitoring the weather on Saturday up until 7pm so if anything severe pops up (not expected to) then we’ll let you know the safest time to get out. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages and our news feed at or in our free app.

Every vote counts – please make sure you vote Saturday!

– Image / Rain/showers map for New Zealand Saturday September 23rd.



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