New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015

Before its repeal, this Act was administered by: Ministry of Justice
  • repealed
  • New Zealand Flag Referendums Act 2015: repealed, on the close of 30 March 2018, by section 4(1).
6 General description of Preferential Voting electoral system

For the purposes of the first flag referendum, the Preferential Voting electoral system has the following features:


voters express a first preference for 1 option and may express second and further preferences for other options:


the first preferences are counted and, if an option’s first preference votes equal or exceed the absolute majority of votes, that option is the successful option:


if no option succeeds under paragraph (b), the option with the fewest votes is excluded and that option’s votes are redistributed according to voters’ further preferences:


if no option succeeds under paragraph (c), the steps described in paragraph (c) are repeated until 1 option achieves an absolute majority of votes.

Compare: 2001 No 35 s 5B(b)(i), (iii), (iv), (v)