I was really confused why the government appears to be putting up such a strong opposition to Māori seats on the yet to be developed Auckland Super Council. Then I realised maybe it is looking at it the wrong way. Perhaps Māori need to sell their case to the government like this:
Traditionally conservative parties around the world have favour gerrymandering. And guaranteed Māori seats can be seen as the classic gerrymander. Guaranteed Māori seats, based on the electoral roll, would take a large chunk of Māori voters out of the general wards/electorates and concentrate them in just two wards/electorates. The result would be all those Labour-leaning Māori roll voters would decide just two seats and the presumably National-leaning remainder of the electorate would get to hold sway over all the other seats.
I should clarify that I genuinely support Māori seats for the super city, should it proceed, as a reflection of our Article Three Treaty commitment. I just can’t see why, from their point of view, right wing politicians aren’t more receptive to the idea as well?