As immigration has transformed New Zealand society, it has also transformed Parliament, particularly since the first MMP election in 1996. In 2020, MPs of Chinese, Cook Islands Māori, Eritrean, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Maldivian, Mexican, Samoan, Sri Lankan, and Tongan descent were elected, including two people from refugee backgrounds. This graph shows the increasing number of Māori, Pacific Peoples and other non-Pākehā MPs in Parliament from 1996-2020.
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