New bill would better protect Maori seats

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Friday, 4 May 2018, 8:53AM
Winston Peters has camapigned against Maori seats in the past. (Photo/ Getty)

A bill which would entrench Maori electorate seats in Parliament has been selected from the members' ballot.

The bill, introduced by Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirakatene, would ensure the seven Maori seats have the same protections as electorate seats.

Only a majority of 51% is currently needed to abolish Maori seats, compared to a 75% majority for general electorates.

Rino Tirikatene says he's optimistic the bill will be met with support across Parliament.

"We're here to engage in cross-party discussions, but we certainly hope that parties across the board can see the merits of my bill.

"I've reached out to New Zealand First and I'm looking forward to having those discussions with Winston and his team."

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