VOTING PROCESS

HOW CAN I VOTE?

A voting paper, a unique identifier number and this ratification information booklet (which includes instructions on how to vote) has been posted to those registered on the Maniapoto Tribal Register.

Online voting will also be made available, as well as special voting forms for those not registered on the Maniapoto Tribal Register, but are eligible and still wish to vote. Voting must be cast through one of the formal processes. Informal votes by show of hands or other means will not be accepted.

The Crown will decide if the number of valid votes returned demonstrates sufficient support to go ahead with both the DOS, PSGE and transfer of MIO and IAO status. The number of votes matters, not just how many agree. Therefore, it is very important that everyone takes the opportunity to have a say and vote.

VOTING METHODS

All Maniapoto registered adult members (aged 18 years or older) can vote via:

– E-vote (online – Click here to vote)
– Post (using the enclosed free-post envelope)
– Ballot box in person (available at the ratification hui)

VOTING PERIOD

There will be a 6 week voting period.

Voting is now oen and closes at 12 noon on 16th August 2021.

Hui dates located are on the cover page and will be advertised at least three weeks prior to the opening of the voting period.

WHO CAN VOTE?

Maniapoto means those individuals who descend from a Maniapoto tupuna such as Rereahu and his children, or Hiaroa or Rakataura. Legally adopted or whāngai are also eligible to vote (see page 15 for full claimant definition).

All registered adult members (aged 18 years or older) on the Maniapoto Tribal Register can vote. Registered members who turn 18 years old during the voting period are also eligible to vote.

SPECIAL VOTE

If you are not registered you can still vote by way of special vote using a special voting pack. You will need to complete a registration or verification form (which verifies your whakapapa and eligibility to vote). Special votes can be cast at any of the ratification information hui or by contacting the independent election company (Electionz at iro@electionz.com). For your special vote to be counted, your registration
or verification must be confirmed. You will not need to register on the MMTB Tribal Register to cast a special vote but you will be required to fill in a whakapapa verification form to vote.

You can access a special voting pack either by:
– going online at www.maniapoto.iwi.nz
– visiting the MMTB Office (49 Taupiri St, Te Kūiti) who will assist you with contacting Electionz for a voting pack
– attending the ratification hui or
– contacting the Independent Returning Officer (IRO) from Electionz on freephone 0800 666 045 or iro@electionz.com

Special votes will have whakapapa verified by the whakapapa validation committee before being counted.

Please note, if you are not registered and do not wish to do so, you are still able to participate in the voting process by casting a special vote.

Even though they will not be eligible to vote at this time, we encourage you to register all whānau including tamariki and mokopuna under 18 years old.

Personal voting details, and all votes, are treated with the strictest confidence.

All voting papers will be destroyed 90 days after the close of voting.

It is your right to make a decision on our future by voting and having your say. This is a significant time for our people and everyone’s
vote counts. We encourage whānau to attend hui, tune in to our livestreams and Q&A sessions via the MMTB Facebook page, check out the ratification section on the MMTB website and read through the initialled DOS and PSGE Trust Deed, prior to voting. The ratification hui presentation will also be available to view on the MMTB Website.