Some Kiwis have hit out at the ballot box system after a record-low voter turnout of 39.5 per cent in local elections across the country.
But one expert isn't convinced that online 'e-voting', which some have called for, will lift turnout.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards says local government politics just isn't that relevant to a lot people, and they don't like what politicians stand for.
"They just don't trust them and dislike a lot of them," Mr Edwards told 1 News.
Few countries offer 'e-voting', due to problems around security.
Australian officials were left red-faced in August when overseas hackers breached the nation's digital census, forcing it to be taken down.
It's now up to the government to make the next move.