Maori MPs and candidates

has had two hotly contested selections this weekend for held seats. Shane Reti won Whangarei and Wayne Walford won Napier. As it happens they are both Maori. No quotas involved. No racial equivalent of a man ban. No head office deciding. All decisions made by 60+ local members and delegates.

National already has nine Maori MPs. They may have 11 after the election. And unlike some other parties, they select Maori MPs in winnable general seats such as Waitakere, Tauranga, Northland, Botany and also now Whangarei and Napier.

Is it perhaps not time for us agree that we no longer need the to get Maori MPs into Parliament. There are other reasons you can advocate there should be , but in recent years there’s been a great track record of Maori candidates being selected for winnable general seats.

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