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.Read more
A big thank you to those who contacted Hasting District councillors to encourage them to vote against the proposal to enable four members of the Maori Joint Committee to sit and vote on the council’s four standing committees. Unfortunately, enough councillors (10-4) felt able to turn their back on democracy by appointing unelected Maori to all committees. This is despite currently having five councillors who have identified as being of Maori descent, (according to the HDC website).Read more
Before the election, Winston Peters promised that if his party entered Government we would have a referendum to abolish the Māori seats. He needs to keep this promise.
NZ First’s current initiative to amend Labour’s bill on entrenching the seats is likely too far-fetched to succeed. We need stronger action: Winston Peters has the power to demand a referendum on Māori seats as a condition of NZ First’s continued support of the coalition.
Please sign the petition below to send Mr Peters a clear message that he needs to keep his promise on Māori seats.
We have seen the success of petitions and referendums in blocking race-based seats at the local level. Now we can end this distortion of democracy in Parliament.
"I call on New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters to keep his promise, and use his position of power to force a referendum on the existence of Māori seats."
We welcome Winston Peters’ call for a two-pronged referendum on whether Māori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.Read more