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In leading the charge to have National oppose Labour’s attempt to rort the electoral system by seeking to enable Maori to switch to and from the Maori roll at will.

Maori enjoy a special privilege with the current seven Maori seats. That is a privilege not to be abused by waka jumping as the mood (or Party pressure) dictates.

But there is a more fundamental reason to oppose any change to the status quo. The number of Maori seats is determined by a formula calculated on the number of voters choosing to go on the Maori roll. Were voters able to decamp from the Maori roll to the General roll after the number of seats has been determined (following the census) then the very legitimacy of those seats becomes a moot.

Well done National for preventing the move … not so much for Labour and their Green bros in arms.

Written by The Veteran

July 29, 2020 at 8:56 am