Māori Electoral Option Data and Reporting

From 1867, when the Māori electorates were established, until the mid-1990s the number of Māori electorates was fixed at four. 

When New Zealand introduced the MMP voting system in 1993, the law was changed to vary the number of Māori electorates according to the size of the Māori electoral population, using a similar quota to that used to determine the number of General electorates.  Put simply, this change has meant if more Māori enrol on the Māori roll, it can result in more Māori electorates.

Since 1993, the number of Māori electorates has grown steadily, from four to seven. 

Past Māori Electoral Option Data

Electors of Māori descent can only change roll type during the four month Option period.  The table below shows a breakdown of Māori enrolment transactions during the last three Māori Electoral Option periods:

 

TRANSFERS

NEW ENROLMENTS

IMPACT ON ROLLS

ROLL TOTALS AT END OF OPTION

  Transfer to General Transfer to Māori New to General New to Māori Māori +/(-) General +/(-) Māori on Māori Roll Māori on General Roll

2006

7,294

14,294

2,366

7,914

14,914

(4,634)

222,362

(58%)

163,615

(42%)

2001

4,866

13,872

3,436

15,138

24,144

(5,570)

188,366

(55%)

151,889

(45%)

1997

7,040

14,471

2,664

10,517

17,948

(4,767)

163,310

(54%)

141,229

(46%)

Māori Enrolment Statistics

Enrolment figures, as at November 2012, show approximately 424,000 people who identify themselves as Māori are enrolled to vote.  234,000 are on the Māori roll and 190,000 are on the General roll. 

This compares with 222,362 enrolled on the Māori roll and 163,615 enrolled on the General roll at the end of the 2006 Māori Electoral Option period. 

The total number of enrolments will be known after 24 July 2013, at the end of the 2013 Option.

Last updated: 27 July 2013