Long-distance waka ama champion Kingi Gilbert will be supporting the Maori electoral option at this week's secondary school champs at Tikitapu (Blue Lake) beginning today.
Registrar of electors Richard Marshall said people should keep an eye out for the bright orange waka, because they would be nearby to answer questions and help get people enrolled during the event which runs from today until Friday.
"The Maori electoral option gives Maori an important choice - whether they want to be on the Maori roll or the general roll when they vote in the next two general elections," he said.
The waka will be alongside other competitors' canoes throughout the entire championship and people could go along and talk to Gilbert.
"It's great that so many of our young people and their whanau will be at this event.
"Wouldn't it be awesome if we could all be on the electoral roll, too?" said Gilbert.
Mr Marshall said: "The Maori electoral option only happens once every five years or so, and it's the only time Maori get to make the choice.
"We have a big team at the secondary school championship, so come and talk to us about this important event.
"Not enrolled at all? No worries, we'll be able to answer questions and help you get on the roll."
Only New Zealand Maori or descendants of New Zealand Maori can be registered on the Maori electoral roll.