It's an issue that's long been debated - should the Māori seats be retained?

National's Tutehounuku Korako says that the future of the Māori seats should be determined by Māori voters.

"National's stance is that the Māori seats will be up to Māori, so the future of them will be up to Māori and that's been a stance for quite some time."

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that Labour agrees.

"Certainly, we've always made it clear from a Labour perspective that the future of the Māori seats should be determined by Māori and I see no suggestion that there's any interest in changing the system."

At the end of the Māori electoral option, 52.4% Māori voters picked the Māori roll.

But Winston Peters says the Māori seats are outdated and has renewed his call for a referendum to remove them.

"The principal reason why I'm for a single franchise is that Māori doesn't need the mollycoddling of this paternalistic attitude which unfortunately so many Māori now have adopted."

The Māori seats are embedded in Green Party policy with co-leader Marama Davidson doesn't agree to a referendum.

"Mā te Māori anake, kāre mō ia tāngata o Aotearoa, mā te Māori anake tērā."

It seems New Zealand First is alone right now when it comes to the Māori seats.

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