Dunno if the tossers in Taranaki have noticed, as they anguish over their electoral systems and fret that indigenous persons are not able to exercise enough influence.
But the National Party now has nine Maori members of Parliament.
That’s two more than the Labour Party.
The big difference is that none of the National Party’s Maori MPs needed the advantage afforded by standing in Maori electorates (which a royal commission said should be got rid of when we took up MMP a long while back).
Labour, on the other hand, won six of the seven Maori seats.
The race-based and thoroughly ethnocentric Maori and Mana Parties, on the other hand, took a drubbing.
Dear old Hone was tossed into the political wilderness and no longer can slurp from the public trough. Not the Parliamentary one, anyway, but he’s a sly old dog, and with all the special treatment that comes from being an indigenous person, he is bound to find another trough somewhere.