The Prime Minister is taking heart at an improved presence at Government hui on water rights.
Just 12 people turned up to a hui in Hamilton last night, however around 100 from Tuwharetoa and Te Arawa turned up to hear Finance Minister Bill English in Taupo today.
John Key is welcoming the boost in turn out.
"It shows there's growing interest in going to the hui."
Mr Key says the Government wants to genuinely consult, it hopes people will turn up but it can't make them do so.
A total sham is New Zealand First leader Winston Peters' summing up of the Government's consultation with Maori over the 'shares plus' scheme.
Mr Peters says the 100 from Tuwharetoa who turned up in Taupo is not representative and not consultation.
"A hundred? That is probably about a quarter of one percent of Tuwharetoa. That's not consultation is it."
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