Days left to choose
The Māori Electoral Option runs until 2 august 2018

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Privacy Statement

You may browse and access information contained within this website without providing any personal information. However, where you voluntarily provide personal information or where you are requested to provide personal information to perform certain functions, such information will be held by the Electoral Commission in accordance with the law.

Where you are requested to provide personal information, the relevant part of the website will inform you of the reason that information is sought.  We will only use that information according to law and in a manner that is consistent with the reason for which the information was provided.

The Electoral Commission is not liable for any loss of privacy, disclosure of information, harm, damage or loss that may result from your transmission of data via the Internet.

The Privacy Act 1993 gives you the right to see and correct information that the Electoral Commission holds about you. If you want to access the information held about you, or if you would like to correct any such information held, or if you have any privacy concerns, please contact the Electoral Commission.


The Electoral Commission is currently using Google Analytics to help analyse how users use our sites.

This analytical tool uses 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your computer's internet address or IP address) is transmitted to and stored by Google outside of New Zealand. The tracking data is stored in a database managed by Google. The tracking data is then used by Google to compile statistical reports on website activity for the Electoral Commission to evaluate site use. This allows us to:

·         discover what information is most and least used

·         determine technical design specifications, and

·         help make our sites more useful to visitors.

We will not use the web analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our sites. We will not associate any data gathered from our sites with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google Analytics tool.

Disabling/Enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser. Disabling cookies will not affect your ability to use the Electoral Commission's websites.


Your email address will be collected if you consent to uploading your Māori Electoral Option letter or an enrolment form electronically with the Electoral Commission. This is collected for electoral purposes and we will not disclose your email address to third parties. The email address you supply, however, may be used to communicate with you regarding updates to your enrolment or our online services.

While we have in place a variety of security measures it is important to remember that email is not secure.  We cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of any information that is sent over the Internet by email.  In accessing and using the Electoral Commission’s websites, you accept that electronic mail passing over the Internet may not be free from interception or interference by third parties.

Copyright Notice

The copyright in all materials contained or available on this website is subject to the copyright laws of New Zealand. 

Unless content is identified as being the property of another party, copyright in material on this site belongs to the Crown through the Electoral Commission.

You are free to use, store, copy and reproduce Crown Copyright content from this website for non-commercial purposes as long as you acknowledge this website as the source and include the document URL and its "last updated" date in your citation.

However, you are urged not to reproduce "how to" or information explaining current electoral matters or law onto your own website to avoid users inadvertently relying upon it when it is out of context or outdated.

You are welcome to create links to this website, but we suggest you link only to the home page in order to avoid broken link problems later.

No commercial use or reproduction may be made of the contents of this website without the written permission of the Electoral Commission.

If you wish to use any content identified as third party on the website you must obtain the prior consent of the relevant owner. 

This work by New Zealand Electoral Commission is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 New Zealand License.