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NZMC Raising Maori Electorial Options

In the Waiariki and Ikaroa Rawhiti electorates Council teams are working on kanohi ki te kanohi  awareness raising about the Maori Electoral Option which runs from 25 March to 24 July this year.

Both teams have had a busy three weeks.

In Waiariki, Pep Ratema and her kaiwhakataki team’s mahi included: Waitangi Day events in Rotorua and Taupo, manawhenua hui with Ngati Wahiao and Ngati Whakaue, meeting with Ngai Tuhoe leaders and a community group meeting in Murupara

In Ikaroa Rawhiti Donna Huata and her kaiwhakataki team’s mahi included: Waitangi Day Events in Masterton and Hastings, East Coast Vibes in Gisborne, Masterton A & P Show, the Wairoa Races, the Flaxmere Family Fun Day and Golden Shears Masterton.

The teams worked together at Raggamuffin and Te Matatini

So far both teams have spoken kanohi ki te kanohi to over 25,000 Maori about the Maori Electoral Option explaining what it is, who can participate, how to participate and the implications of choice on Maori and general rolls


Alongside the kanohi ki te  kanohi presentations on the Maori Electoral Option, Enrolment Services have fieldworkers responsible for assisting Maori to become registered to vote in the general elections.   You will see these fieldworkers in your communities in coming weeks.

If you are not enrolled to vote – get onto it!

  • Download an enrolment form at www.elections.org.nz; or
  • Freetext your name and address to 3767; or
  • Call 0800 36 76 56; or
  • Fill in a form at any PostShop

Census 2013:  Don’t forget Tuesday, 5 March 2013 is census day.   Collectors are now delivering census paper forms and Internet Access Code to all households in Aotearoa.  You can fill in your census forms on line www.census.govt.nz in English or Maori.

The Census is held every five years and collects vital information for Aotearoa.  It is a snapshot of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand and our circumstances.  Census results influence who government provides services and sees our communities.

Be specific when you select your iwi because it matters for Treaty claims settlement!



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