March 26, 2018
Packs out soon for Maori option
The Electoral Commission is going all out this year to get word out about the Maori electoral option, where Maori voters get the chance to say whether they want to be on the Maori or the general electoral roll for the next two elections.
Senior project leader Mona-Pauline Mangakahia says about 52 percent of enrolled Maori are on the Maori roll.
She says the commission will have a presence at major hui including the regional kapa haka competitions, and it has also enlisted social media personalities William Waiirua, Stacey Morrison, Tawaroa Kawana and Puawai Taiapa to lend their voices to the campaign.
The option starts on April 3 and runs until August 2.
"If you are enrolled and we have the correct address details you will receive a pack in the mail which will tell you what roll you are on and what you need to do if you would like to change roll. It is as simple as signing and dating and returning it back to us. It also let's you know you don't need to do anything if you are happy with the current roll you are sitting on," Ms Mangakahia says.
If people don't get a pack in the mail they can call the commission, go on the website www.maorioption.org.nz or text their name and address to 3676.
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