Atiga signs up for roll

Central Leader - - News - By Scott Mor­gan

Mem­bers of the Auck­land rugby team are get­ting ready to have their say on elec­tion day.

Sev­eral play­ers en­rolled to vote af­ter a train­ing ses­sion this month, in­clud­ing for­mer All Black Ben Atiga.

The 25-year-old Auck­land Cen­tral res­i­dent will vote for the first time dur­ing the elec­tion.

“I’m a bit older now and have prob­a­bly changed the way I look at life a bit,” he says.

“I’ve found some in­ter­est in it. I want to look af­ter my fam­ily and make sure every­one’s get­ting fair treat­ment.”

Atiga has been help­ing to pro­mote en­rol­ment among his younger team-mates.

“I’ve taken an in­ter­est and passed it on to the boys,” he says.

Lock An­thony Elisala hopes the team will in­spire more Pa­cific Is­land peo­ple to sign up.

“You’ve got to have your say. If they see us do­ing it, they might as well.”

Reg­is­trar of Elec­tors for Auck­land Cen­tral Katherine Beck says around 91.5 per­cent of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers na­tion­wide are on the elec­toral roll.

But with Maori, Poly­ne­sian and 18 to 24-year-olds un­der­rep­re­sented on the roll, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion is try­ing to en­cour­age them to have their say.

“We’re aim­ing for ed­u­ca­tion and to let every­one know there’s an elec­tion com­ing up.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on en­rolling to vote visit www.elec tions.org.nz.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Sign­ing up: Reg­is­trar of Elec­tors for Ta­maki Makau­rau Loma Howes helps Auck­land rugby player Ben Atiga en­rol to vote for the first time.

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