New Zealand First has scuppered Labour's bid to give Ngāi Tahu permanent seats on the Canterbury Regional Council, saying its special treatment for Māori. Shane Jones acknowledged the party's long-held position against separate seats for Māori on local body councils.
“In terms of being appointed to the council through the tribal route, we cannot and we do not agree with that."
The National Party also refused to give the bill its support, with MP Nick Smith saying:
"The basic principle of the election of our local councils, whether they be regional or local, is that they are elected by the general public."
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