Referendum riddle

Why would the Maori electorates vote so strongly in favour of MMP ?

The Maori Electorates were massive MMP supporters (Te Tai Tonga at 78.9% for keep, the only one below 80% support);

FPP, PV and SM would have given them several more Maori electorates – 12 with FPP and PV and 9 with SM rather than 7 under MMP.

9 Responses to Referendum riddle

  1. Roger says:

    The logical suggestion is those voters didn’t understand the options. If it’s a proxy for the referendum itself ( and a reasonable person may see it as such). Disappointing.


  2. Stuart says:

    Or that they voted for proportional representation, not for themselves


  3. Because fair representation is not simply measured in the number of designated seats set aside.


  4. Andrei says:

    Well given that the Maori seats end up as “overhang” seats under MMP that actually makes the Maori vote more “proportional” – no?

    Only one of them is overhang this time I think but the point still stands


  5. homepaddock says:

    James – Lists aren’t the only way to ensure fair representation – with or without designated seats, Maori can – and do – win general seats.


  6. Dave says:

    Could it be because under MMP there are more Maori in Parliament? Perhaps that’s it. Perhaps Maori want more Maori MPs in Parliament. Perhaps Maori did not want to vote for FPP or SM only for a govt to ditch Maori seats some years later.


  7. Gravedodger says:

    @Hp 11 47, yep even The Dwarf but question of the day: would he ever convince enough of a single electorate, I don’t think so.


  8. homepaddock says:

    Dave – is it the system or the times?

    With or without Maori seats PV, FPP & SM have more electorates and as I said in my reply to James, Maori can and do win them.


  9. dave says:

    thats not the point.


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