Māori Seats Amendment Bill drawn out of ballot
Labour MP Rino Tirikatene hopes his entrenchment of Māori Seats Amendment Bill will get the cross-party support it needs to become law.
The bill which was drawn out of the ballot this week aims to give Māori seats the same standing as general seats.
Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene says the Māori representation and the Māori roll electoral roll option are current topics of conversation.
“It couldn't have got better timing and I think it's great to draw attention to the issue of our Māori seats and the importance of them, the history of them and the fact that we still have some further perfecting to do in our laws.”
The purpose of the bill is to entrench the provisions of the Electoral Act 1993 that relate to the Māori electorates.
According to the Electoral Commission, the updated statistics right now show that there has been a net increase of 2,698 on the general roll, and a decrease of 2,052 on the Māori roll.
NZ First’s Pita Paraone questions the use of the Māori roll based on those statistics.
“Mēna ko te nuinga o ngā kaipōti Māori i whakawhiti atu ki te rārangi whānui tēnā pea ko te pātai: he aha nā te take kia whakapūmau ngā tūru Māori?”
Will this bill go through to the Māori Affairs Select Committee to be considered? Time will tell.