Blog: How will Voting work?

Jan 29, 2021 | latest

Kia ora whānau

With the lead up to the Whakatōhea Settlement Vote, we’ll be keeping you posted on how you will be able to have your say and vote on the Settlement…

The Settlement will enable opportunities to support whānau health, wellbeing and prosperity for Whakatohea. Whether this be through job creation, initiatives to support Te Reo, marae revitalisation, investment in te taiao (environment), education as well as our collaborative initiatives with Crown agencies.

You can click on this link to see the details of what has been negotiated; in summary  it includes just under 7000 ha of whenua to be  returned , 5000 ha of water space to  develop Aquaculture initiatives in and around our moana plus cash pūtea of $100m (plus interest), and an apology from the Crown

Who can vote

  • Anyone who is 18 years and older and can whakapapa to Whakatōhea can vote

Receiving your voting pack

  • If you are registered on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board tribal register and your physical address is current, you will receive a voting pack in the mail
    • If you don’t receive a voting pack in the mail, you will be able to ring a free phone number for the Independent Returning Officer (IRO) who will then resend your pack
  • If you are not on the Whakatōhea Māori Trust Board tribal register, the IRO will send you a voting pack as well as a whakapapa form to confirm you are of Whakatōhea descent
    • Note: Verification of whakapapa will need to be confirmed in order for your vote to count
  • Replacement voting packs will be available if you misplace or damage your original pack by ringing the IRO

Ways to vote

  • Postal vote - fill out the vote paper, place in the supplied return prepaid envelope and post
  • Online voting – the ballot paper will have a unique ID login and password (encrypted), as well as instruction on how to access the VoteOnline portal to cast an online vote
  • Ballot box at Ratification Hui – the IRO will be present at all ratification hui with a secure ballot box. If you wish to cast your vote at the hui you can bring your voting paper and vote in the secure ballot box. If you do not have your voting paper on you the IRO can give you a special vote paper

Special votes

Special vote is the name given to a vote form and are used in the below instances:

  • If you are not registered on the Whakatōhea Maori Trust Board tribal database
  • If you pick up a vote form from the IRO at the ratification hui and vote at the hui
  • Special votes can be cast in exact same way as a normal vote – by return post, online or secure ballot box at hui

Whakapapa Form

  • You will receive a whakapapa form if you are not registered on the Whakatōhea Maori Trust Board tribal register
  • The form will need to be filled out and returned before your vote can be counted
  • The whakapapa will be confirmed using the same policy and process currently in place for whakapapa validation on the tribal register
  • The whakapapa form is not a registration to the Whakatōhea Maori Trust Board tribal register and will only be used for the purpose of this vote
  • If you want to register on the tribal register you can but you do not have to in order to vote
  • You will still be able to vote online if you have completed a whakapapa form
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