Referendum information in accessible formats

At this year's General Election, the public will be asked to vote in 2 referendums, about recreational cannabis and the End of Life Choice Act 2019.

The Government is committed to ensuring referendum information is available to all voters.

Resources are available in:

  • audio
  • braille
  • dyslexic-friendly
  • Easy Read
  • large print
  • HTML
  • New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL).

A one-page information brochure for each referendum was sent to enrolled voters in July, as part of the Electoral Commission's enrolment update mailout. The resources on this page reflect the information included in the one-page information brochures.

These assets were developed with technical input from a variety of disabled people’s organisations and experts.

You can order hard copies of the dyslexic-friendly, Easy Read and large print resources by calling 0800 36 76 56 and asking for information to be posted to you. Hard copies of resources in braille are available by contacting Blind Low Vision NZ.


Audio

Choose a topic below to listen to information about the referendums.

Play information about the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

Play information about the End of Life Choice Act 2019


Telephone Information Service (TIS)

You can also call Blind Low Vision NZ’s Telephone Information Service (TIS) to find out more about the referendums.

Visit Blind Low Vision NZ’s website to find the toll-free number in your area. Once connected, select the topic to listen to the audio.

TIS Phone > Dial 732 > End of Life Choice

TIS Phone > Dial 733 > Cannabis

Find out more about the Telephone Information Service (TIS)


Information in braille

Referendum information is available in braille. To request that information be posted to you, call Blind Low Vision NZ’s National Contact Centre on 0800 24 33 33.

You can request information on the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, the End of Life Choice Act 2019 or both.

Blind Low Vision NZ


Easy Read information

Easy Read information uses words and pictures to present information in a way that’s easier to understand.

Easy Read referendum information has been developed to support people with learning (intellectual) disabilities better understand written information.

Easy Read information might be helpful for people who:

  • have a learning disability
  • have low literacy levels
  • use English as a second language
  • are elderly
  • are Deaf.

You can order hard copies of the Easy Read resources by calling 0800 36 76 56 and asking for information to be posted to you.

Easy Read information about the cannabis legalisation and control referendum

Easy Read information about the End of Life Choice referendum


Information for readers with dyslexia

Information about each referendum topic is available in a format designed for readers with dyslexia.

These information sheets:

  • use a font designed for dyslexic readers, at a minimum size of 12 points, with 1.5 line spacing
  • use bold to highlight key words
  • avoid italics, underlining and CAPITALS
  • maintain a layout that is clear, simple and predictable
  • use neutral or pastel colours and minimise the contrast between the print and background.

You can order hard copies of the dyslexic-friendly resources by calling 0800 36 76 56 and asking for information to be posted to you.

Information about the cannabis referendum for readers with dyslexia

Information about the End of Life Choice referendum for readers with dyslexia


Information in English large print

Referendum information in English large print format is available for readers with low vision.

Large print documents provide good readability and help reduce eye strain.

You can order hard copies of the large print resources by calling 0800 36 76 56 and asking for information to be posted to you.

Information about the cannabis referendum in English Large Print

Information about the End of Life Choice referendum in English Large Print


Information in HTML

Find information about each of the referendums in HTML.

HTML version of the proposed Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill

HTML version of the End of Life Choice Act 2019


Videos in New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL)

Information in NZSL is available on the dedicated NZSL section of this website.

Referendum information in NZSL


Information in additional languages

Referendum information is available in te reo Māori, Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Hindi, Korean, Samoan or Tongan.

Visit the resources section for each referendum topic to download translated information.

Cannabis legalisation and control referendum information in 8 languages

End of Life Choice referendum information in 8 languages


Phone interpreting and translation service

You can use the ezispeak telephone interpreting service when you call us on 0800 36 76 56.

Callers can request that printed information about the referendums be posted to them in te reo Māori, Chinese (Simplified or Traditional), Hindi, Korean, Samoan or Tongan.

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