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Almost 10,000 Māori voters removed from electoral roll

May 31, 2005 | Media release

Almost 10,000 Māori voters have been removed from the electoral rolls in the wake of the latest Enrolment Update Campaign.

By law, people must be removed from the electoral roll if they've changed address and not updated their enrolment details.

"At this stage of the Enrolment Update Campaign for this year's general election, we've had 9,624 enrolment update packs from people of Māori descent returned to us because the person no longer lives at the address," says Murray Wicks, National Manager of the Electoral Enrolment Centre.

"Māori voters account for 21 per cent of all the people taken off the electoral rolls."

Key Facts

  • 45,542 people taken off the electoral rolls following the Enrolment Update Campaign
  • 9,624 are of Māori descent
  • 6,059 were enrolled in Māori electorates
  • 782 Ikaroa-Rawhiti
  • 867 Tainui
  • 905 Tamaki Makaurau
  • 873 Te Hai Hauauru
  • 733 Te Tai Tokerau
  • 1,025 Te Tai Tonga
  • 874 Waiariki

"If you've moved house recently or changed your details and you didn't get a personalised enrolment update pack early in May then you will be one of these people who have been removed from the roll.

"It is crucial that people are enrolled - their vote won't count if they're not enrolled.

"Get enrolled NOW. It's easy," says Mr Wicks.

Enrolment forms are available by calling 0800 ENROL NOW (0800 36 76 56), freetexting your name and address to 3676, visiting any PostShop or going online to You can also check and update your details online.

Mr Wicks reminds people who have received their enrolment update pack to open it, check their details are right and if they're not to let the Electoral Enrolment Centre know by updating the details and returning the form. If you've received a pack for someone no longer living at the address it should be returned so that person's details can be removed from the roll.

The Enrolment Update Campaign ends on June 17 so provisional electoral rolls can be printed and made available for people to check their details.


For further information please contact Murray Wicks, National Manager, Electoral Enrolment Centre on 027 249 4508 or 04 801 0701 or Anna Hughes Communications Advisor 027 28 28 827.

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