“It restricts Māori ability to have an impact in these elections.”

Every five or six years, Māori voters have the choice to swap between the general electoral roll or the Māori electoral roll.

But many people, including the Electoral Commission, say Māori should be able to swap at any point.

The last time voters were able to swap electoral rolls was in 2018 and the next one is due to happen in 2024. So is time for change?

This is part of our reo Māori series, Ohinga, created by Mahi Tahi Media, with funding from Te Māngai Pāho.

Stay tuned for a new episode every week.

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