A week into voting, nearly 450,000 people have already had their say on who they want in Government for the next three years.

Advance voting began last Monday, and will end on Election Day this Saturday.

Higher numbers have been turning out nationwide to vote in advance than in the past two elections. Information from Election NZ shows that the number of votes cast increased from about 40,000 on Monday - the days booths opened - to just shy of 80,000 on Friday.

Voting numbers dipped yesterday, with just over 45,000 casting their vote.


As of 2pm yesterday, a total 445,350 people have voted in advance.

The Electoral commission could not provide information for how many advance votes had been made in the electorates around Hawke's Bay.

Of the 485 advance voting places around the country nearly 30 are located throughout the Hawke's Bay Today distribution area, from Wairoa to Dannevirke.

There has been a big increase in advance voting over the past two elections, so the commission has increased the number of voting places.

Yesterday a commission spokeswoman said based on the increase in advance voting over the past two elections, the Electoral Commission has planned for the possibility that up to half of voters could cast their vote in advance this year.

"The number of advance voting places has been increased from 295 to 485 and they are located in places where people live and work. People don't need a reason to vote in advance, and for many it provides a convenient option when they know they'll be away, working or busy on election day."

As of yesterday, the commission's information showed that 92.73 per cent of eligible voters in the Napier electorate had enrolled, as had 93.94 per cent of Tukituki voters.

In Wairarapa 96.15 per cent of eligible voters are enrolled. The Ikaroa Rawhiti electorate has 34,394 enrolled voters.

Most advance voting places are fully accessible or accessible with assistance for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility.

There are also special arrangements in place for some voters, including dictation voting service for blind and low-vision voters, as well electoral commission teams visiting hospitals, rest homes and remand centres to collect votes.