2023 Māori Electoral Option - Te Kōwhiringa Pōti Māori
He mana tō te kōwhiri – your choice has mana
The Māori Electoral Option is a choice for Māori about which electoral roll they want to be on: the Māori roll or the general roll.
It’s an important decision. The roll you choose decides which electorate you vote in – and what candidates you can choose from to represent you and your rohe in parliamentary and local elections.
If you are Māori, and enrolling for the first time, you choose which electoral roll you want to be on.
If you are already enrolled and Māori you can also change your roll type at any time, except:
- in the 3 months before a general election
- in the 3 months before local elections which are held every 3 years
- before a parliamentary by-election if the change would move you into the electorate where the by- election is being held.
If you choose to go on the Māori roll, you will vote for a candidate in the Māori electorate you live in. If you choose the general roll, you will vote for a candidate in the general electorate you live in.
For example, if you live in Rotorua and choose the Māori roll you will vote in the Waiariki electorate.
The person who wins the most votes in the Māori electorate of Waiariki will become your local MP.
If you choose the general roll, you will vote in the Rotorua electorate. The person who wins the most votes in the general electorate of Rotorua will become your local MP.
However, you will vote for the same list of political parties in a general election, whichever roll you choose to be on.
The roll you choose may influence the number of Māori and general electorates for parliamentary elections. The number of Māori enrolled on the Māori roll could mean that the number of Māori electorates increases, decreases or stays the same.
If you’re happy with the roll you’re on, you don’t need to do anything.
You might have been sent a pack in the mail about this change. If you did and you want to change the roll you’re on, please sign, date and return the letter in the pack, or visit vote.nz to make the change before midnight, Thursday 13 July, 2023.
If you or any of your whānau or friends didn’t get a pack, you can enrol or update your details at vote.nz using your New Zealand driver licence passport or RealMe verified identity. Or you can call 0800 36 76 56 and ask for an enrolment form to be sent to you.