That’s up to each voter and will depend on whether they want to vote in a Māori electorate or a general electorate.
If you are eligible to enrol and a descendant of a New Zealand Māori, then you can choose to enrol on the Māori Roll.
No. Only people of New Zealand Māori descent can enrol on the Māori Roll. Cook Islands Māori who are eligible to enrol must enrol on the General Roll.
Don’t leave it until the last minute – your decision must be with us by 2 August 2018 at the very latest. If you’re returning your letter in the mail you’ll need to post it by Friday 27 July.
There are currently seven Māori electorates and 64 General electorates.
The number of Māori electorates depends on the number of Māori who are enrolled on the Māori roll at the end of the Option. It also depends on the results of the Census which counts the total population including people of Māori descent who are not enrolled and those who are under 18 and not eligible to enrol.
The number of Māori enrolled on the Māori roll, could mean that the number of Māori electorates increases, decreases or stays the same.
You may find it useful chatting with friends and whānau to get a range of views. You may also like to look up current electorate MPs to see whether they reflect your interests and beliefs.
Under current law, Māori voters can choose to go on the General roll or the Māori roll when they are enrolling for the first time. Once enrolled, they can only change the roll they are on during the Māori Electoral Option.
The frequency of the Māori Electoral Option is set by Parliament. Currently, the Māori Electoral Option is held after each five yearly Census of Population and Dwellings. The results of the Māori Electoral Option together with the Census data are used to determine the number of Māori and General Electorates in Parliament and to revise electorate boundaries.
We have a range of content about the Option that you can use and share in a variety of ways – on social media, on your website, in newsletters or as display materials at workplaces or community centres.
These can all be found at elections.org.nz