In March the NZ Prime Minister announced that this year's general election will be held on Saturday 20 September.
As well as polling day itself, there are a series of other important dates that political parties must be aware of.
You may have noticed a rush of political leaflets and flyers in your letterbox in early June. That's because on 20 June the regulated campaign period began.
From that date any political party, organisation or individual that wanted to spend money on political advertising had to adhere to strict spending caps.
This quick guide explains the Mixed Member Proportional voting system (MMP), campaign spending rules as well as how to vote on the day.