One of the smaller items in the agreement with the Maori Party was the agreement to fund a third out of parliament staff member for the seven Maori seats and any general seat over 20,000 sq kms.
I wondered what seats would qualify, and Homepaddock has the answers:
- Te Tai Tonga – 161,443
- Clutha-Southland – 38,247
- West Coast-Tasman – 38,042
- Te Tai Hauauru – 35,825
- Waitaki – 34,888
- Ikaroa-Rawhiti – 30.952
- Kaikoura – 23,706
So only three of the seven Maori seats are over 20,000 kms. Next we have
- Waiariki – 19,212
- Te Tai Tokerau – 16,370
- East Coast 13,649
- Taranaki-King Country 12,869
- Hauraki-Waikato – 12,580
You could cut the line at 15,000 but if Hauraki-Waikato gets a third staffer, shouldn’t East Coast and TKC?
And then we have the seventh Maori seats – Tamaki Makauru at 730 sq kms. There are a further 21 general seats between Tamaki Makauru and Hauraki-Waikato.
To be fair to all large seats, the agreement should be modified to be either:
- Only three of the Maori seats and four general seats over 20,000 sq km
- Five Maori seats, and four general seats over 15,000 sq km
- Six Maori seats and six general seats over 12,500 sq km
- All seven Maori seats and 27 general seats over 730 sq km
It is hard to justify a third staffer for Tamaki Makauru, when it is so much smaller than the other Maori seats.Tags: electorates, Maori Party, Maori Seats