13 Jun 2013

Flavell wants automatic Maori election enrolment

9:56 pm on 13 June 2013

The Maori Party MP, Te Ururoa Flavell, has entered a private member's bill into the ballot to automatically register Maori on the Maori roll.

Mr Flavell says more needs to be done to increase tangata whenua participation in politics.

The MP for Waiariki admits it would still be a challenge to get people out to the polling stations.

Te Ururoa Flavell

Te Ururoa Flavell Photo: RNZ

Mr Flavell says Maori voters have traditionally been very poor in taking part in the democratic process.

He says under his plan, Maori would have the right to opt out of the Maori roll.