The Green Party survive, the Maori Party dive and NZ First can make a historical change

I was watching the panel on T.V three last night and their comments on the Green Party really hit home. They pointed out that the Green party have achieved nothing in 21 years because they have never been part of a government. If they were prepared to join National as a coalition partner they could provide an alternative to New Zealand First.

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It will never happen though because the Green party are more interested in ideals and remaining “pure” then they are in having power and being pragmatic and actually getting the chance to get a few of their policies implemented.

Photo Ross Giblin, copyright Dominion Post, Fairfax.

Any vote for the Green party is a wasted vote then because all Green voters have achieved is continued fat salaries for Green Party MPs so that chardonnay socialist hippy chicks can keep talking about ideas wearing expensive designer jackets while achieving nothing at all for another three years.

I am gutted that the Greens managed to get over 5% and that they are not joining the Maori party on the scrap heap. With the Maori Party out of the way, Winston Peters will have the leverage he needs. No matter which party he goes with he can now force the referendum about whether or not to finally get rid of the undemocratic and racist Maori electorates. If Winston achieves nothing else abolishing those seats would be an amazing legacy for him to leave behind. It would be much more historical and far-reaching than John Key’s attempted change of our National flag.

[…] Māori electorates were introduced in 1867 under the Maori Representation Act.The first Māori elections were held in the following year during the term of the 4th New Zealand Parliament. They were intended as a temporary measure and, despite numerous attempts to disestablish Māori electorates, they continue to form part of the New Zealand political landscape.[

-Wiki

They should have been abolished within ten years of their creation yet not only have they remained with the advent of MMP they have increased!

When New Zealand introduced the MMP voting system in 1993, the law was changed to vary the number of Māori electorates according to the size of the Māori electoral population, using a similar quota to that used to determine the number of General electorates.  Put simply, this change has meant if more Māori enrol on the Māori roll, it can result in more Māori electorates.

Since 1993, the number of Māori electorates has grown steadily, from four to seven.

-elections.org

 


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