Happy with the roll you're on?
If you want to stay on the General Roll, you don't need to do anything. But if you want to change, find out how below.
How do I change to the Māori Roll?
It’s easy. Here’s how you can make the change.
Upload your signed letter
If you received an info pack in the mail, scan or photograph your signed letter and upload it.
If you received an info pack in the mail, simply sign and date your letter then post it back in the Freepost envelope included in your pack.
Didn't get an info pack?
If you didn’t get a pack in the mail, you may not be correctly enrolled to vote. You can still change rolls by completing a new enrolment form.
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
In New Zealand, we have two electoral rolls. The General Roll is available to everyone eligible to vote. If you are of Māori descent you can choose to go on the Māori Roll or the General Roll.
The roll you choose determines which electorate you will vote in. So if you’re on the Māori Roll, you’ll vote for a candidate in a Māori electorate, and if you’re on the General Roll, you’ll vote for a candidate in a General electorate. You can vote for the same list of political parties regardless of which roll you choose to be on.
Back in the mid-1800s, voting was the privilege of those with land ownership. Māori owned considerable land, but they largely owned it communally rather than by individual title, which excluded them from the right to vote.
Then in 1867, a Māori Roll was introduced with four electorates to give Māori a direct say in Parliament. This arrangement remained mostly unchanged until 1975 when the Māori Electoral Option was created. From this time on, Māori could choose between the Māori or General rolls.
When MMP was adopted in 1993, new rules determined that the number of Māori electorates could fluctuate according to the size of the Māori Roll. Since then, the number of Māori electorates has increased from four to seven.