June 30, 2023
Te Arawa backing election roll push
Former Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is urging Māori to make sure they’re on the electoral roll – and then to get out and vote in October.
He’s got the backing of Te Arawa Lakes Trust for his push to make the election a front-of-mind conversation anywhere Maori gather.
He says the Maori vote could determine who forms the next Government, and issues like co-governance, water rights, and greater Maori influence at local government are set to be major talking points.
“Our people do not respond, seem not to be worried too much about what happens in politics. Yet that’s at the heart of issues that some of people face – because we’re actually the collateral damage of some of the decisions made in parliament,” Mr Flavell says.
Maori have until July 13 if they want to switch between the general and Maori electoral rolls, but first time voters can sign up for either the Maori or general roll up to an including election day on October 14.