September 02, 2022
Voting packs no use in fridge
Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta is asking Māori not to leave their voting papers on top of the fridge.
She says there are 35 councils where Māori voters need to select their Māori ward representatives.
There is also an increase in the number of Maori standing for general seats on councils and community boards, as well as to be the mayor of their communities.
“The next step for Maori voters is to get out and vote. What we’ve seen both in central and in local body elections is a level is declining rate of participation overall so I hope this opportunity isn’t wasted, and the only way to show that is by getting out to vote now. Don’t leave the forms on top of the fridge and do nothing about it. Get out and vote, that’s my message,” Ms Mahuta says.