The Cabinet is expected to reject Māori seats on the Auckland Super City council today. This follows a week marked by disquiet within National, and Act leader Rodney Hide admitting he had told Prime Minister John Key he would resign as Minister of Local Government rather than have his name on legislation introducing the seats. Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples and Mr Hide will present a joint paper pleading their cases when the Cabinet discusses the issue today.
Dr Sharples is expected to argue for at least two Māori seats and Mr Hide for none. Although Dr Sharples has watered down his initial proposal, the Cabinet is expected to stand by its initial reaction to the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance’s recommendations and not include Māori seats.
It is not known whether a final decision will be made or announced or whether Mr Key will wait until the select committee considering the Super City has reported back.
He would not comment yesterday.