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Maori seats and tribunal will pass best-by dates

07/02/2020

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National Party leader Simon Bridges says that Maori seats and the Waitangi Tribunal should eventually go.

Bridges cited the Royal Commission in 1986, which proposed that if the country adopted the MMP system, it should abolish the Māori electorates.

That logic still stood, he said.

“We have more Māori in Parliament today than in a very long time under a MMP environment, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to impose that.  . .

We not only have more Maori in parliament, we have more in senior roles – deputy Prime Minister, deputy leaders of National and Labour, and co-leader of the Greens. Only the Labour one holds a Maori seat.  The National ones are there as electorate MPs in general seats, the other three are list MPs.

Ending Maori seats has been National Party policy for years. That it didn’t happen when National was last in government is due…

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