26 Jul 2010

Pacific candidates aim to get voters on roll

11:31 am on 26 July 2010

Some Auckland super-city candidates are working to encourage people to enrol, particularly Pacific and Maori voters.

Electoral Enrolment Centre national manager Murray Wicks says areas with big Pacific and Maori populations traditionally have a low sign-up rate.

He says Pacific Island and Maori candidates are doing the right thing in encouraging community members to enroll.

Leatuli Peter Skelton, who is standing for the Mangere Otahuhu Community Board, says 20 people - some of whom don't speak English - enrolled on Saturday due his team's effort.

Chris Makoare, a community board candidate in Tamaki, says low income Maori and Pacific Islanders often don't see voting as a priority.