Maori voting option drive
Electoral Commission staff will be out across New Zealand over 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 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’’, says Murray Wicks, national manager of enrolment services.
‘‘There hasn’t been a Maori Electoral Option since 2006’’, says Mr Wicks.
‘‘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.’’
People who indicated that they were of Maori descent when they enrolled will be sent a personalised pack in late March. It will include detailed information and the form needed to make their roll type choice. Outreach teams, which include representatives from Maori organisations already active in local communities, begin their work from early February.
Full information is available
www.elections.org.nz, or by calling freephone 0800 36 76 56.