No need for Maori seats says Peters
|18 Jul 2017 13:45 PM|
New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters says MMP has rendered Maori electoral seats unnecessary.
He says he'll call for a binding referenda on whether to keep or abolish the Maori Seats.
Four seats were originally established in 1867 when voting entitlements were tied to landownership, Mr Peters says MMP makes this type of system no longer needed or relevant
"In parliament today you haven't got 4 or for that matter 7 you've got something like 22 per cent who have Maori in their background. So it's dramatically proven to be the case and all I'm saying is that the age of modern politics is seeing this though in contrast," he says.
Winston Peters says a second referenda will be held at the same time as the Maori seat with the second one asking whether to limit parliamentary seats to 100 with both referendum are binding.Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com