The 4-month 2001 Ma¯ori Electoral Option closed on Wednesday 1 August 2001 with a significant increase in the total
number of new Ma¯ori enrolments. 18,574 new Ma¯ori enrolments were received; 40.9% more than in the last Option in 1997.
New Zealand Post’s Electoral Enrolment Centre National Manager Murray Wicks said today that 37,312 Ma¯ori electors had
taken the opportunity to enrol or change roll type. A breakdown shows that 13,872 Ma¯ori electors changed from the
General roll to the
Ma¯ori roll; 4,866 from the Ma¯ori roll to the General roll; 15,138 new enrolments on the Ma¯ori roll; and 3,436 new
electors who have identified themselves as Ma¯ori on the General roll.
The final enrolment figures have been provided to the Government Statistician who will calculate the number of Ma¯ori
and General electoral seats for the next Parliament. These final calculations are scheduled for release by the
Government Statistician in mid September.
Following the Government Statistician’s announcement the Surveyor-General will determine provisional names and
boundaries for each General and Ma¯ori electoral district. This information will be used by the Representation
Commission who will call for public submissions prior to final electorate names and boundaries being proclaimed in April