The Māori Electoral Option is an opportunity for anyone who is of New Zealand Māori descent and who is enrolled to vote to choose which electoral roll they want to be on – the General roll or the Māori roll.

The Māori Electoral Option will take place from 3 April to 2 August 2018.

If you said you were of New Zealand Māori descent when you enrolled to vote, you will automatically be sent a Māori Electoral Option pack from New Zealand from 2 April 2018.

If your enrolment details include an overseas postal address, your Māori Electoral Option pack will be posted directly to you overseas. If you don’t have an overseas postal address, your Māori Electoral Option pack will be sent to your New Zealand postal address.

Your Māori Electoral Option pack will include an information brochure, which will provide you with the information you will need to help you to make your choice.

If you’re happy with the roll you’re on you don’t need to do anything. 

If you want to change rolls, sign and date the Māori Electoral Option letter provided in your pack and return it back as soon as you’ve made your choice.

If you don’t receive a pack you can still change rolls by completing a new enrolment form and returning to the Electoral Commission.

For more information about the Māori Electoral Option or to get an enrolment form visit maorioption.org.nz (external link) or call +64 9 909 4182 (international call charges may apply).