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Changing to MMP (1st of 3)

Changing to MMP

The campaign to change the country’s voting system from first-past-the-post to MMP (mixed member proportional representation) was mounted by people who wanted a Parliament which was more responsive to different interest groups. The aim was also to curb the domination of the House by a majority party. These supporters of the movement, shown cutting an MMP cake, are (from left) Anglican clergyman Richard Randerson, author Patricia Grace and Black Power president Rei Harris. In a 1993 referendum, New Zealand voters supported the change.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1993/3398/14-F
Photograph by Phil Reid

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The electoral system', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016