If you’re of Māori descent you can choose to be on either the General electoral roll or the Māori electoral roll.
You make this choice when you first enrol to vote. Once you’ve chosen a roll, you can only change rolls during the Māori Electoral Option.
When is the Option held?
The Māori Electoral Option usually takes place following each census. The last Option was held in 2013, and the next one will take place in 2018.
What does the choice mean?
If you’re on the General roll, you will vote for a candidate in a General electorate at the next general election.
If you’re on the Māori roll, you will vote for a candidate in a Māori electorate at the next general election.
You choice of roll does not affect which parties you can vote for with your party vote. You can vote for the same list of political parties regardless of which roll you choose to be on.