Our Team

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.

Dr. Lara Greaves

Lead Researcher
Ngāpuhi, Pākehā, Tararā

Kia ora, I’m a senior lecturer in politics at the University of Auckland, where I teach and research on Māori and New Zealand politics.

I didn’t really understand the Māori roll when I was younger, and I struggled to get onto it in my early 20s. Those struggles sparked a lot of interest in the Māori roll and a research career!

When I’m not working, I am spending time with my son, reading, trying new food, or travelling. I also intensely follow current events and have the privilege of providing public commentary on politics.

I hope with this project we can give voice to a diverse range of perspectives of why we make the roll choices that we do.

Full disclosure: I have recently been appointed to an independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law over the next 18 months. This survey is a separate project, and does not involve any aspects of
electoral law that are within the scope of that review.

Ema Tuakoi (she/her/ia)

Research Assistant
Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Nō uri ahau o Ngāti Whakaue rāua ko Ngāti Tūwharetoa, nō Repanona ahau hoki ki te taha o tōku whaea. 
Nō uri ahau o Tonga ki Tongatapu hoki ki te taha o tōku matua. 
E noho ana au ki Ōtara, Tāmaki-makau-rau i tipua ahau ki kōnei hoki.
I am in my final year of a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) at the University of Auckland, with aspirations of continuing into clinical
postgraduate studies.
I am passionate about anything pertaining to Māori and Pasifika wellbeing, particularly Indigenous Psychologies. I am honoured to be a part of the Which Roll? team, as I believe that an increased Māori participation in the electoral rolls is crucial for the future advancement of Aotearoa.


Tommy De Silva

Research Assistant
Ngāti Te Ata, Ngāti Apakura, Pākehā

Kia ora, I’m Tommy! I’m in my last semester studying History, Politics and International Relations. I’ve spent my time at university primarily studying the Aotearoa-Te Waipounamu/New Zealand context. Within this project, I’m a research assistant.

I wish that the last time I was able to choose between the two electoral rolls there was clear, accessible information to help me make an informed decision.

Outside of work and university, I’m passionate about trying to live a life that minimises my negative impact on te taiao. To achieve this, I am a public transport/biking enthusiast and largely a vegetarian. I sincerely hope that this project helps people make informed decisions about which roll they want to be on!



Kauri Tangohau

Research Assistant
Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngati Porou

Tena tatou, he uri whakaheke tenei no nga iwi o Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, o Ngati Porou, otira no nga iwi whanui o Te Tairawhiti.

I am currently a student at Waipapa Taumata Rau (the University of Auckland) undertaking a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Māori Studies and History.

I have been on the Māori Roll since I was eligible to vote, which was in 2020, and have no intention of changing rolls. My interest in politics, particularly Māori politics, is why I wanted to jump on board with Lara as a research assistant focusing on the Māori roll.

Aside from studying I enjoy watching sports, diving, and spending time with whanau. With this project, I hope to gain a clear understanding of why many Māori have opted towards the general roll and also why Māori have chosen the Māori roll.

Matt Waymouth

Research Assistant

Kia ora, I’m Matt. I’m a research assistant for Which Roll? helping out with the research, project management, and general admin.

I’m also an undergraduate student at the University of Auckland in my final year of a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Sociology and Psychology. I have a particular interest in Aotearoa’s social and political history, psychology, and philosophy.

Working on this project has taught me a lot about the Māori roll and its history, and I hope that it will help to build a better understanding of why people make their electoral roll choices. I also hope it might help to improve access to information regarding the Māori roll.

Outside of my studies, I’m into reading, photography, playing videogames, and spending as much time at the beach as humanly possible.  

Marewa Taiepa Shields

Research Assistant
Ngāti Whare, Tūhoe, Ngāti Manawa

Kia ora, I am a Master of Politics student studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin. Last year, I completed my Bachelor of Arts majoring in Politics and minoring in Economics.
I was born and raised in Rotorua and my iwi are Ngāti Whare, Ngai Tūhoe and Ngāti Manawa.

I have little knowledge on the Māori and General rolls as well as what it means to be able to switch between them, which is why my interest peaked when hearing about the Which Roll? project.

My career aspiration is to become a policy analyst while also being able to contribute to Māori development. In my spare time, I love to dance and volunteer at the SPCA where I work with dogs!

Cinnamon Latimer

Research Assistant
Ngāti Porou, Ngāpuhi

Tēnā koutou katoa,
Ko Ngāti Porou, ko Ngāpuhi ōku iwi
Ko Te Whānau-a-Ruataupare, ko Ngāti Korokoro, ko Ngāti Wharara ōku hapū
Ko Tuatini, ko Pākirikiri, ko Pakanae ōku marae
Ko Lindsay Latimer tōku whānau
Ko Cinnamon tōku ingoa.
Tihei mauri ora!

I work in community health and am involved in a range of kaupapa Māori research projects. I hold a Master’s degree in Science (Psychology) from the University of Auckland. When I was younger, I found trying to understand our political system so confusing. I’m excited to be part of this great research team that seeks to understand different political perspectives and experiences.

Ben Barton

Research Assistant
Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue

Ko Te Arawa te waka
Ko Te Arawa te iwi
Ko Ngongotaha te Maunga
Ko Ngāti Whakaue te Hapu
Ko Tama te Kapua te Marae
Ko Ben Barton toku ingoa

I’m currently chipping away at my second year of a Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology) degree at AUT, with the intention of becoming a qualitative researcher. During my studies, I have become extremely passionate about Māori culture and history, in particular the impacts of colonisation for Māori. I have recently started the journey of exploring my own Māori identity, so I consider it to be an honour to work on the Which Roll project. Before switching to the Māori roll in 2020, I was on the general roll as I didn’t think I was “Māori enough” to make such a switch.

I’m thrilled to be a member of this fantastic research group that is striving to comprehend various political ideas and personal experiences. Contributing to a project that I consider to be of great benefit for Aotearoa and Māori provides me a profound sense of purpose and mana.