The Maori Party has spent nine years in government, and co-leader Marama Fox believes it’s well past time for the training wheels to come off. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Fox speaks about her growing impatience and the catching up New Zealand still has to do.
In today's email, we detail the Labour-Green "Budget Responsibility Rules", check out the latest poll results and detail the sticking points holding back RMA reform from getting across the line.
The Maori Party and the Government are in the final days of negotiations that would allow Resource Management Act reforms to pass. But the Maori Party is pushing hard to water down a clause that would allow any Environment Minister to over-ride Council rules such as a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). It is pushing so hard that ACT and United Future think there is a real prospect of a complete impasse that might force the Government to ask for their help. The Maori Party and the Government say they are still confident of agreeing a deal, but brinksmanship is getting more intense.
ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour and United Future Leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne have intervened to offer a way for the Government to pass Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms without the support of the Maori Party.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Friday.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent on Saturday afternoon with news National lost its outright majority after the final vote count.