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Māori Electoral Option closed for election

Jul 25, 2023 | Media release

Thousands of Māori voters have taken the opportunity to change electoral rolls or update their details before this year’s general election.

Voters of Māori descent choose the Māori roll or general roll when they first enrol to vote and can change rolls at any time except in the 3 months before an election.

‘We’re now in that 3-month period when you can’t change between the Māori and general rolls before the election,’ says Karl Le Quesne, Chief Electoral Officer.

‘If you’re Māori and enrolled to vote, the roll you’re on now is the roll you will be on for the 2023 General Election on 14 October. You’ll be able to change rolls again after the election.

‘If you’re not enrolled yet, you can still enrol and make your choice between the Māori roll and the general roll right up to the election,’ says Karl Le Quesne.

Between 31 March and midnight 13 July, nearly 40,000 voters of Māori descent changed rolls, enrolled for the first time, or updated their details.

  • 14,587 changed roll types ̶  8,109 from the general roll to the Māori roll, and 6,478 from the Māori roll to the general roll.
  • There were 2,133 new enrolments on the Māori roll and 1,108 new enrolments on the general roll.
  • Another 22,136 voters of Māori descent didn’t change rolls, but updated their details, for example their address.

People can enrol, check the roll they are on, or update their address online at, or call 0800 36 76 56 to ask for an enrolment form to be sent to them in the mail.

Key Māori Electoral Option dates
14 July - 14 October  3-month period when Māori who are already enrolled cannot change rolls. Māori enrolling for the first time still choose the roll they want to be on.
14 October 2023 General Election - election day.
1 April 2024 Electoral roll data as at 1 April 2024 provided to Stats NZ for electoral calculations.
Changes by Māori Electorate: 31 March - 13 July 2023
  General roll to Māori roll Māori roll to general roll New enrolments on Māori roll
Hauraki-Waikato 956 807 275
Ikaroa-Rāwhiti 912 888 222
Tāmaki-Makaurau 1,351 768 484
Te Tai Hauāuru 1,171 818 210
Te Tai Tokerau 1,238 929 365
Te Tai Tonga 1,539 1,358 352
Waiariki 942 910 225
Total 8,109 6,478 2,133
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