Monday, August 13, 2018


The Electoral Commission has just released the results from the Maori Electoral Option 2018.

The good news ... 10,163 Maori exercised their right to switch from the Maori Roll to the General Roll.    This was offset by the 7,956 who  chose to switch the other way round.    You add that to the 3,507 new enrollments on the Maori Roll and that roll increased by just 1,200 voters.

The further good news.   The 1,200 is insufficient to trigger another Maori seat.    The not so good news .... it's probably enough to avoid a reduction in the Maori seats from seven to six.

Fascinating the 10,163 figure.  My take is that it shows that voters on the Maori Roll are increasingly disenchanted with the Party hack drones foisted on them as Labour MPs.

What I didn't know is that just 52% of those who self identify themselves as Maori opt to go on the Maori Roll.

Updated ... the Maori Roll now comprises 247,494 voters.   Currently there are seven Maori seats.    That works out as an average of 35,556 voters in each Maori seat.    The Electoral Commission records the total number  of voters on the General Roll as at 30 June 2018 as 3,040,806.   Currently there are 64 General Roll seats.   That works out as an average of 47,612 voters in each General seat.

In looking to redress the imbalance the Representation Commission could either hold the number of General seats at 64 and reduce the number of Maori seats to five or increase the number of General seats to 71 and reduce the Maori seats to six or a combination of both (remembering always the numbers of voters in each electorate can vary in line with the tolerance factor applied).

Both options could impact on the number of List seats up for grabs.


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Does the Electoral Commission now have to make a determination?

Anonymous said...

Don Brash is attacked as racist ,for suggesting what nearly half of all Maori in this country agree with.
Strange isn't it.
Perhaps the difference is what now constitutes fear.
100 years ago fear was going over the top, with the likely result of death , decapitation or survival minus important body parts.
A safe place was a temporary respite from the above ,50 miles behind the lines.
Today fear is hearing opinions you don't agree with and a safe place is somewhere you are protected form hearing those views

EH of D

The Veteran said...

Adolf ... my understanding is that the Representation Commission will now sit to make that determination.