It has been confirmed that as a result of Winston Peters winning the Northland by-election, Invercargill will gain a new List MP – Ria Bond.
A few people have been sniffy about her being a hairdresser, but actually she has owned her own salon for over a decade and has been President of the NZ Association of Hairdressers. This makes her a small business owner – which Parliament needs more of.
The Herald reports:
Ms Bond said New Zealand had too many MPs for its population size, and she wanted a private member’s bill introduced to reduce Parliament’s 121 seats.
Actually we have the smallest Parliament in the OECD for countries between four and ten million population.