Electoral roll options
If you’re Māori and 18 or over, you can choose which electoral roll you want to be on: the Māori roll or the general roll.
The roll you choose decides which electorate you vote in – and it affects which candidates you can choose from to represent you and your rohe in parliamentary elections and local elections.
On 31 March 2023 the Māori Electoral Option changed - if you’re Māori, you can now change your roll type at any time, except:
- in the three months before a general election
- in the three months before local elections which are held every three years
- before a parliamentary by-election if the change would move you into the electorate where the by-election is being held.
It’s quick and easy to find more information about the Māori Electoral Option, enrol, update your address, or change the roll you’re on. Visit vote.nz and have your New Zealand driver licence, New Zealand passport or RealMe verified identity ready, or call 0800 36 76 56.