A bill seeking to entrench the Māori seats into New Zealand electoral law – requiring a 75 per cent majority of Parliament to get rid of them - has passed its first reading in Parliament with the support of New Zealand First. See news report HERE.
NZ First claim they voted for the bill as an opportunity to introduce a referendum on the Maori seats. Democracy Action responded with a media release, and a petition calling on Winston Peters to use his power to force a referendum on the existence of Maori seats. The petition can be accessed HERE.
Democracy Action working group members have expressed bewilderment at this turn of events, given that NZ First campaigned on a referendum to abolish the Māori seats in the lead up to the election. It was agreed all should write to the NZ First MPs, to call on them to honour their pre-election promise to voters, urging them to withdraw their support for the bill. The email addresses of the seven NZ First MPs can be found on the contact list for all MPs, see HERE.