Could Winston be honouring an election pledge?

During the election campaign NZ First promised to get rid of the Maori seats via a binding referendum.

Winston may just be starting to honour that pledge: Quote:

Acting Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is calling for a two-pronged referendum on whether M?ori seats should be entrenched, or should go altogether.

Labour MP Rino Tirikatene’s member’s bill to entrench the seven M?ori seats was?pulled from the members’ ballot in May?and will soon have its first reading in Parliament.

New Zealand First?campaigned on holding a binding referendum?on whether to abolish the seats.

At the time as Labour leader Jacinda Ardern ruled out a referendum, saying?that would break faith with M?ori voters.? ?

Mr Peters said he still believed the matter should be put to the public.

“If you want to make changes to the electoral system, you should go to the country, not just do it unilaterally,” he said.

Under Mr Tirikatene’s bill, M?ori seats would have the same protections as general electorate seats, meaning at least 75 percent of MPs would have to vote to get rid of them.

Mr Peters questioned the effectiveness of the protection proposed in the member’s bill.

“The entrenchment to 75 percent looks good, until you can remove the entrenchment provision with an appeal and you’re back to 50 again,” he said.

New Zealand First would not support the bill as it stands, Mr Peters said, but would reconsider if an amendment was made in the committee stages to include the referendum.

If they put an SOP [Supplementary Order Paper] in for referendum, then it will be all on.

That’s when we put all our cards on the table as to whether there should be M?ori seats and, if so, should they be entrenched.

“There should be a two-part referendum,” he said. End quote.

There should be a referendum on both options. What a good idea. Get on with it.

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