77 Periodic exercise of Maori option and determination of Maori population

(1)

Every elector who is a Maori may exercise periodically, in accordance with this section, the option given by section 76(1).

(2)

The Minister shall, in accordance with this section, specify from time to time, by notice in the Gazette, a period of 4 months during which any Maori may exercise the option given by section 76(1).

(3)

The Minister shall, as soon as practicable after the commencement of this section, and in accordance with section 269(2), publish the first notice under subsection (2).

(4)

Subject to subsections (3) and (5) and to section 269(2), the Minister shall, in every year that a quinquennial census of population is taken, but in no other year, publish a notice under subsection (2).

(5)

Notwithstanding subsection (4), where a Parliament is due to expire in a year in which a quinquennial census of population is to be taken, the Minister shall not, in that year, publish a notice under subsection (2), but shall instead, in the year following the year in which the quinquennial census of population is taken, publish such a notice.

(6)

For the purpose of enabling the Government Statistician to calculate the Maori electoral population, the Electoral Commission shall, as soon as practicable after the last day of each period specified in a notice published under subsection (2), supply to the Government Statistician—

(a)

the total number of persons registered as electors of the Maori electoral districts as at the close of that last day; and

(b)

the total number of persons registered as electors of the General electoral districts, who, as at the close of that last day, are recorded as having given written notice to the Electoral Commission that they are persons of New Zealand Maori descent; and

(c)

the total number of persons whose names are shown on the dormant rolls maintained under section 109 for the Maori electoral districts; and

(d)

the total number of persons whose names are shown on the dormant rolls maintained under section 109 for General electoral districts who are recorded as having given written notice that they are persons of New Zealand Maori descent.

Compare: 1956 No 107 s 41A; 1980 No 29 s 12(1); 1981 No 120 s 15; 1990 No 1 s 8

Section 77(2): amended, on 2 September 1996, by section 2 of the Electoral Amendment Act (No 3) 1996 (1996 No 154).

Section 77(6): amended, on 1 July 2012, by section 52(17)(b) of the Electoral (Administration) Amendment Act 2011 (2011 No 57).

Section 77(6)(b): amended, on 21 March 2017, by section 19 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2017 (2017 No 9).

Section 77(6)(b): amended, on 18 March 2002, by section 20 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 77(6)(c): inserted, on 18 March 2002, by section 20 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).

Section 77(6)(d): added, on 18 March 2002, by section 20 of the Electoral Amendment Act 2002 (2002 No 1).