Which Roll? - Ko Tēhea Rārangi Pōti?
is a short anonymous survey asking people why they choose the Māori or General electoral roll.

There is a lot of talk in the media and commentary around why Māori might choose to enrol on the Māori electoral roll or the General electoral roll - but not a lot of work that actually asks people why they make this choice. It is also unclear how much Māori think about electoral rolls, or whether or not they are aware that there is even an option to choose.

We’ve created Which Roll? – Ko Tēhea Rārangi Pōti? to help us find some answers, understand experiences, and give voice to a diverse range of Māori perspectives. This short anonymous survey aims to ask people about themselves, their experiences, and their understandings of the Māori roll. We’ll use your answers to this survey to write reports for the government, academics, and the general public, with the goal of creating a website, an app, and other online resources to help people make an informed choice when deciding on their electoral roll.

Be in to win! 

We have $5,000 in voucher prizes up for grabs. Just complete the Which Roll? – Ko Tēhea Rārangi Pōti? survey to enter. The more questions you answer, the more prize draw entries you’ll receive.

Ready to get started?

The survey should only take around 10 minutes to complete.

Who is running this survey?

We’re a team of researchers studying why people choose to enrol to vote on the Māori roll or General roll, led by Dr. Lara Greaves from the department of Politics & International Relations at the University of Auckland. To find out more about our team, head over to the “Our Team” page.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are three separate sections. The first asks some questions about which electoral roll you chose and why, along with a few questions about yourself. The second asks some more in-depth questions about your political views, including which parties you like or dislike, political participation, your identity as Māori, and your thoughts on Māori politics. The third section is a short quiz to test your knowledge of the Māori roll.

The purpose of this survey is to explore why people choose to enrol to vote on the Māori roll or General electoral roll.

Lara, the lead researcher on the project, is of Māori/Ngāpuhi descent and struggled herself with the decision as to which roll to go on. She talked to others who also didn’t know much about this choice or which roll was best for them. 

There is a lot of talk in the media and commentary around why people might choose to enrol on the Māori or General electoral roll – but not a lot of work that actually asks people why they make this choice. It is also unclear how much people think about the electoral rolls, or whether or not they are even aware that there is an option to choose. 

We are hoping this survey will help us find some answers and we will use the results to make resources that presents the diverse reasons why people choose one roll over the other.

Because the survey is focused on Māori, you need to have Māori whakapapa or descent (i.e., meet the Electoral Act definition of being Māori or a descendant of Māori) to participate in this survey. If you don’t meet these requirements, you unfortunately won’t be eligible to participate, however, it would be great if you could promote the survey to whānau and friends who are Māori.

No. We will not record your name or any identifying information.

However, if you want to enter the prize draw, receive a summary of the work, or participate in any future surveys, then we will need your email address. This will not be linked to your results. Any email addresses that are supplied will be stored separately from participant responses, meaning that your responses remain completely anonymous.

The data will be stored into the future, in an anonymous electronic form, with access strictly controlled by the researchers. The researchers are involved with Te Mana Raraunga (the Māori Data Sovereignty network) and follow their principles of Māori data sovereignty.

All up, it should take no more than 20 minutes depending on how many sections you choose to complete. The first section will take about five minutes to complete, the second around 10 minutes, and the third around 5 minutes

The data from this survey will be initially used to write up reports and articles for government, academic audiences, and a general summary. Our eventual goal is to create a website, an app, and other online resources to help people make their roll choice in the future, and provide the information that they need to make an informed choice.

Yes! The entire survey can be completed in either te reo Māori or English, and you can switch between the two at any time.

No. There are three parts to the survey. It’s completely up to you how many sections you choose to answer. You can skip all of the questions except the first few that check your age and whether you have Māori whakapapa.

Yes. You may withdraw from the survey at any time by exiting out of the browser window. You do not have to provide an explanation for your withdrawal. We will not use your data if you leave without submitting your responses.

Yes. You may request to be sent a summary of the findings once the study has been completed. Along the way you can see the word cloud of common responses as to why people choose different electoral rolls, and you can see the correct answers to the quiz.

At the end of the first part of the survey, there will be a chance to enter your contact information to enter the prize draw. Each section of the survey you do gives you an added prize draw entry – if you complete all 3, you’ll get 3 prize draw entries. Any email addresses that are supplied will be stored separately from participant responses, meaning that your responses remain completely anonymous.

There are 2x $400 vouchers, 10x $200 vouchers, and 30x $100 vouchers up for grabs – a total prize pool of $5,000. These vouchers will be for your choice of Countdown, Prezzy, Mighty Ape, MTA or Westfield. We have offered these voucher prizes as a token of appreciation for your time and for you sharing your knowledge and experiences.

Prizes will be drawn in December 2022. Winners will be contacted by email and we will make a post on social media to let you know when prizes have been drawn.

Prize winners will be contacted by a member of the team after the prize draw has been completed. We will contact you via email.

This survey has been funded through the Royal Society Marsden awards (Fast Start: 20-UOA-255). The Royal Society is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation which provides funding and awards to researchers.

The researcher does not profit financially from this grant award or receive money personally. Instead, this funding allows the University to provide time so that the researchers can focus on their research work, rather than teach university courses. It also provides funding for research costs – in this case, the website costs, te reo translation, and to pay the various student research assistants.

To contact our team for questions, feedback, and other comments, please email whichroll@auckland.ac.nz . You can also send us a direct message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.