Kiwiblog makes an interesting observation on the make-up of parliament:
Incidentally with Williams and Hayes both replacing non-Maori MPs, the number of MPs in Parliament of Maori descent is a record 25 out of 121, or 21% of Parliament. That is a significant over-representation. The makeup of the Maori MPs in Parliament is:
- Maori seats 7
- General seats 6
- List seats 12
Very very hard to claim you need the Maori seats to continue, to maintain effective Maori representation in Parliament.
The breakdown of the 25 Maori MPs is also interesting:
- National 9
- Labour 7
- Greens 3
- Maori 3
- NZ First 1
- Mana 1
- Independent 1
That might be over-representation as a percentage.
It doesn’t mean Maori are over-represented.
As Te Ururoa Flavell pointed out most Maori seats are too big which makes effective representation much more difficult.
The solution isn’t more Maori seats, it’s getting rid of them.
That would add another general seat in the South Island and several in the North, all of which would be smaller and easier to service than the biggest electorates are now.
The Royal Commission which designed MMP said there would be no need for Maori seats under this voting system.
That the majority of Maori MPs hold general or list seats proves that.