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Author: Juanita Packman

New Zealand political system

It was with dismay that I read Trevor Ammundsen’s muddled hypothesis about why one does not have to be Māori to stand in a Māori Ward (May 21). Trevor mightn’t have enough familiarity with New Zealand history to realise that this rule has always been standard. Even at a national level, one does not have to be Māori in order to stand for a Māori seat in Parliament – any citizen of any ethnicity can stand as a candidate in Māori electorates. Why? The most basic, universal principle of democracy: an elected representative, is there to represent the interests of the electorate voters – not to represent...

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