The Maori Party are threatening to pull out of their confidence & supply agreement with National, as NRT has well-blogged in National’s arrogance bites it in the arse. This would leave National with a Hair-thin majority in the House.
The legislation in question – the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary – is not at threat, even though Act will also not be supporting it due to the infringement on Maori property rights. The Greens are committed to it, so it has the numbers.
But the blinding arrogance with which National declared the Sanctuary without any warning to Maori – let along consultation – was inevitably going to get up iwi noses. They seem to have done their best to muck-up and hide something that should be a genuine win for them, popular across the political spectrum.
This should have been do-able with Maori endorsement, but instead they’ve created opposition. The Maori Party growing a spine seems unlikely after all these years, but at some point they’ve got to realise that the constant doormat-like behaviour is going to result in their oblivion. And who knows, this might be the point to make a stand, a year out from the election.