Race-based seats

Isn’t it strange that Rodney Hide represents the electorate with the lowest proportion of Māori in the whole country and the second lowest level of Māori speakers and yet he is opposed to race-based seats? Surely his party wouldn’t have a seat in Parliament if it were not for the existence of seats that did not reflect the demographics of the national population?

Maori seats in Auckland

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?