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