Getting fit is for everyone and the same goes for voting, says Registrar of Electors Moana Kaka.
Anyone not on an electoral roll has until August 20 to register to avoid having to cast their ballot on election day through a special vote, which takes longer.
Kaka is responsible for enrolling voters in Palmerston North, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Te Tau Hauauru and certainly has plenty of energy for her role.
The mother of five and grandmother of two is also a group fitness instructor at City Fitness, where she teaches three classes each week.
"I've been a gym instructor for 23 years," Kaka said.
"I started running when my kids were young, then I joined a gym, became a regular and then an instructor.
"It's helped me keep up with the kids. I think when you are healthy and fit your mind is healthy and fit too."
Kaka is keen to see her team of seven stay fit in the lead-up to this year's general election on September 20, distributing pedometers in the hope of drumming up some healthy inter-office competition.
"It's such a busy time for us, so I want to make sure we all take the time to breathe and move too.
"I see all sorts of people come into the gym and I know that getting fit is for everyone. Voting is for everyone too and everybody's vote is important," Kaka said.
All voters enrolled by August 20 will receive an EasyVote pack in the mail before election day. This includes a personalised EasyVote card which makes the voting process faster.
Eligible voters can enrol right up to the day before election day, but those who enrol after August 20 will have to cast a special declaration vote.
Enrolment forms are available by texting your name and address to 3676, from PostShops, by calling 0800 367 656 or visiting elections.org.nz.
- Manawatu Standard
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