Of course they will.
It’s expected New Zealand First will today finally make a decision on which new MP to bring into Parliament.
Winston Peters still hasn’t resigned his list seat after winning the Northland by-election, but the is party board meeting today, and is expected to make a move.
Next of the New Zealand First list is Ria Bond, a former hairdresser who’s currently working as a parliamentary staffer.
She’s the obvious choice for New Zealand First to bring in, but could choose to decline, or be pressured to stand aside if the party has someone else in mind.
No one from the party will front to confirm if she’s in the running for the spot.
The alliance some were hoping for between Labour and New Zealand First doesn’t look to have come into fruition, with still no meeting between the party leaders since the Northland by-election.
Winston Peters upset the balance of power in parliament when he claimed the seat.
We find new methods¬†to test MMP in ways that were never anticipated originally.
In hindsight, I think an MP should not be able to run for parliament while already an MP. ¬† That means you have to resign before you run again. ¬†This is what happens before an election for example.
It’s a little moot now, but would Winston have taken the risk of losing his list seat? ¬† He was in a no-lose situation. ¬†Either he got an electorate seat or he could go back to his old job.
Can you be an electorate and list MP? ¬†Logically no. ¬†But somehow Winston winning Northland hasn’t automatically triggered his resignation as a list MP, and therefore automatically triggered the next on the NZ First list to come into parliament.
Especially with the Internet/Mana party debacle still fresh in our memories, and not this dog and pony show, it may just be time to put MMP through a review.
It would make more sense than changing a flag.
Winston, again, gets to keep¬†the country on a knife edge on his time table as he decides what to do. ¬† The rules should say what to do. ¬†We should not be in a position where we have to make it up as we go along.
– Frances Cook, Newstalk ZB