Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has reiterated his intent to push for a referendum on the future of the Māori seats in Parliament.
Mr Peters told SKY News Australia New Zealand does not need separate Māori seats, and never has.
"The principle reason why I'm for a single franchise is that Māori don't need the molly coddling of this paternalistic attitude which, unfortunately, Māori have now adopted," Mr Peters said.
"The fact of the matter is if we want to be equal then we have to step up and be equal - and we can be."
Mr Peters said there is currently a bill in the committee stages which includes an option for Parliament to vote on whether there should be a referendum on the future of the Māori seats.