Maori Party: “We ticked the wrong box”

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  • Maori Party vote incorrect
  • National cast the Maori parties 3 votes by proxy
  • Maori Party expected to re-cast vote today
  • Maori Party says it was an administration error
  • National hampering efforts to get bill through
  • Te Ururoa Flavell will seek leave to amend the record today

Extended paid parental leave may soon be back on the cards for New Zealanders.

The bill which will see a 26 week paid parental leave to new parents did not pass in Parliament last night after the National Party cast the Maori Party’s three votes by proxy as being opposed to the measure, reports tvnz news.

The vote was cast by National, despite assurances from the Maori Party that they supported the move.

The ‘no’ vote was an administration error on the Maori Parties behalf. The party is expected to recast their vote today.

Labour’s Sue Moroney who bought the bill to Parliament told to tvnz “her efforts to get it through the house have been hampered by national.

“They’ve threatened financial vetoes against it, they’ve filibustered, they’ve done everything they can to delay this vote being taken,” she said.

National has the ability to cast votes for some other parties by proxy if their members are not present in Parliament.

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Te Ururoa Flavell will be in Parliament today and will seek leave to amend the record just before question time at 2pm, he will then immediately return to Rotorua to await the arrival of his first mokopuna.

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