To vote in these elections, you must be enrolled. By law, you must enrol if you’re eligible, but enrolling so you can vote is a much better reason!
You can enrol to vote in the General Roll or the Maaori Roll if:
If you’re already enrolled, make sure your details are up to date – it’ll take two minutes.
Kei a koe te tikanga. It’s your choice. We’ll lay out the facts for you, and leave it to you to decide which roll you enrol in.
Fair representation means that the number of Maaori Ward seats is proportional to the Maaori electoral population in Hamilton. Currently the Maaori electoral population in Hamilton is 15.1% of the total electoral population. This means that with 14 councillors in total, two (or 14.3%) of them must be Maaori seats. This is the number of seats that gets us the closest to 15% of all councillor seats.
It’s important to keep in mind that the choice you make when enrolling will also affect how you vote in national elections. If you choose the Maaori Roll now, you will also be enrolled on the Maaori Roll for the next general election in 2023, and you will vote for candidates in your Maaori Electorate (instead of the General Electorate).
Once you choose a roll, you won’t be able to change it until the next Maaori Electoral Option, which occurs after a population census, usually every five years. The next Maaori Electoral Option is in 2024. So, whichever roll you choose now will also be your decision for the 2023 general election.
If you can’t decide which roll to choose, it might help to talk it over with friends and whaanau.
When you’ve decided, take five minutes to enrol online.