Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou held a Special Meeting last night to discuss recent public statements in regards to drivers’ licenses being an acceptable form of identification for registration.
TRONPnui is encouraging people to be part of the process and to participate.
The TRONPnui board would like to emphasise that the current process for registration has been in place since 2008. That process requires a copy of a Birth Certificate or Passport to accompany the registration form. It is not unusual for Iwi organisations or other membership bodies to have identification and authentication policies and processes. TRONPnui’s registration process is not dissimilar to the likes of Ngai Tahu and Tainui.
TRONPnui disagrees with some statements that it is stopping iwi members from voting, that it has "chopped and changed” its registration rules, that it has put up barriers to prevent people from registering, and that hundreds of recent registrations are ineligible to vote.
TRONPnui has recently been asked to make a change to include Drivers licences but has decided to maintain the status quo and not change the current process mid way through an election. It stands by its decision and takes its responsibilities seriously on behalf of Ngati Porou, to ensure the integrity of the process remains intact.
TRONPnui reminds people that nominations and the Ngati Porou Register roll close on the 12 August.
People are however able to register to vote and participate with a provisional vote provided they are submitted to the Chief Returning Officer before voting closes at 12 noon on 14 October (subject to verification).
Please find attached letter from Selwyn Parata, Chair of Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou, addressed to Te Taurahere o Ngati Porou Ki Poneke. To download the letter click here.