October 12, 2016
20 years for MMP and Mahuta celebrated
It’s 20 years since mixed member proportional voting was introduced, which means 20 years since Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta first sat in parliament.
Other serving MPs who held list seats that term include Labour’s Ruth Dyson, who previously held Lyttelton, and New Zealand First’s Ron Mark.
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says MMP brought a sense that people who had been excluded were finally being represented, including those in the Alliance-Greens camp.
"You known in the in the 1999 elections when it bought Sue Bradford and Nandor Tanczos into parliament for the first time, I was represented and felt that I was represented and it's opened a huge number of doors for people who would otherwise never be decision makers here. I think it's really good that we've got that aniversary and it's really amazing for Nanaia that's she's been here for so long," says Meitiria Turei.
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