Maori get ready to make elec­tion op­tion choice

Matamata Chronicle - - News/opinion -

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.’’

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