The National Party campaigned successfully in the 2008 general election on a policy of abolishing the Māori parliamentary seats. However, this policy was opposed by the Māori Party, which later formed a confidence and supply agreement with National. Watch this 2008 television news broadcast in which National's leader, John Key, explains that his party's policy is still to abolish the Māori seats, but that any negotiations on this will happen after the election.
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