12 Jul 2011

Māori voting habits in Australia studied

9:10 pm on 12 July 2011

A Wellington researcher is striving to find out who is politically representing Māori living in Australia.

A Victoria University political scientist says there are about 110,000 Māori resident in Australia and wants to know their voting habits in general elections.

Maria Bargh notes that overseas votes from Māori in general elections has been increasing, but there were only a total of 779 valid overseas party votes in the 2008 ballot.

Dr Bargh says the survey will take three months and aims to find out how, where and why Māori in Australia vote.