July 23, 2014
Majority of Maori still on the general roll
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is promising to bring more Maori MPs into parliament, but the party still won’t be running candidates in the Maori seats.
Mr Peters says New Zealand First has had more Maori MPs through its list than any other party.
It has not contested the Maori seats since 1999.
Its candidates won a clean sweep in 1996, but three of the so called tight five split from the party midway through the term.
Mr Peters says he’s not advocating an end to the seats, but supports the position of the Royal Commision on the electoral system that MMP will deliver fairer representation for Maori.
" We say the Maori people, we believe, are voting with their feet now and the majority of Maori are not on the Maori roll now they are on the general roll " says Mr Peters
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