2 Apr 2013

More iwi in parliament would increase Maori voters - Kruger

8:32 pm on 2 April 2013

Ngai Tuhoe leader Tamati Kruger says having more tribal representatives in Parliament would certainly help lift the number of Maori enrolling to vote.

The Electoral Commission is urging tangata whenua to decide whether they want to be on the general electoral roll or the Maori roll.

At present 235,000 people are on the Maori roll and 192,000 tangata whenua are on the general roll.

A suggestion has been made in passing that Tamati Kruger would be a good representative in Parliament.

Mr Kruger says he's never considered the idea.

But he says he thinks the suggestion of having Tuhoe people in Parliament would certainly raise people's interest in enrolling and voting, and he is sure that would be true for any iwi.