MMP better for Maori?
A press release (that was poorly written, but that’s beside the point) by Maori Politics lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, Dr Maria Bargh, has said that MMP has lead to more Maori within Parliament, and therefore any other system would be unfair to Maori. Subsequently, Dr Bargh has suggested that anything other than MMP would be undemocratic.
When we look at undemocratic, I personally think toward Winston Peters being able to effectively choose the Prime Minister, both in 1996 and 2004. I look toward the Green Party getting a disproportional share of power in the latter years of Helen Clark’s Government.
I also would suggest to Dr Bargh that if Maori wanted their own people in Parliament, they would vote for their own people. That way, we would have a democratic system, with Maori in Parliament. And this would happen no matter what electoral system we use. 14.6% of people in New Zealand at the 2006 Census were Maori. If 14.6% of people in New Zealand voted for Maori candidates, we would have a good representation of Maori in Parliament.
Posted on June 29, 2011, in New Zealand Politics and tagged Census 2006, Dr Maria Bargh, Election 1996, Election 2004, Helen Clark, Maori, MMP, Victoria University of Wellington, Winston Peters. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.