Story: Ngā māngai – Māori representation

John Key on the Māori seats, 2008

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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Rawiri Taonui, 'Ngā māngai – Māori representation - Controversy over Māori seats', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Rawiri Taonui, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2016