Maori get ready to make election option choice
Electoral Commission staff will be out across New Zealand during the next few weeks spreading the word about this year’s Maori Electoral Option.
This year’s Maori Electoral Option starts on March 25, and outreach teams will be working in communities throughout New Zealand to make sure that Maori have all the information they need to make their choice.
‘‘If you are Maori and on the electoral roll, then this year you get to choose which type of electoral roll you want to vote on – the Maori roll or the General roll,’’ national manager of enrol- ment services Murray said.
‘‘There hasn’t been a Maori Electoral Option since 2006.
‘‘So we want to make sure that Maori have access to all the information about the option and what it means before making their decision when the option period begins. It’s an important choice, and we want people to be confident to take part.’’
People who indicate that they are of Maori descent when they enrol will be sent a personalised option pack in the mail in March.
It will include detailed infor-
Wicks mation about the option and the form needed to make the choice.
Outreach teams, which include representatives from Maori organisations already active in local communities, begin their work from early February.
‘‘This is a great opportunity for your marae, workplace or whanau to find out more about the upcoming option,’’ Mr Wicks said.
‘‘To find out about the team working in your area, full information is available through our website at www.elections.org.nz, or by calling freephone 0800 367 656.’’