Waka jumping bill passes third reading

All Green MPs have voted with Labour and NZ First to pass the  Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill (commonly referred to as the waka jumping bill), so it will now become law.

Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill passes third reading

The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill has passed its third reading in Parliament and will become law, Justice Minister Andrew Little said.

“The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill is about enhancing public confidence in the integrity of our electoral system.

“The Bill ensures that it is the voters, not politicians or party leaders, who decide the proportionality of parties in Parliament,” Andrew Little said.

The Bill’s passing fulfils the Government’s coalition commitment to introduce and pass a ‘Waka Jumping’ Bill in this term of Parliament.

It has been challenged by some as ‘an attack on democracy’. It is unlikely to actually have much effect, but it will be difficult to know if it has a chilling effect on any MPs who oppose what their party does.

The most notable aspect of the bill is the Greens voting in support of it while strongly opposing it. This has somewhat dented the party’s integrity.

It has also raised questions about Andrew Little’s integrity in promoting the bill on NZ First’s behalf.

The bill is unlikely to make much if any difference to Winston Peters’ control over the NZ First caucus and MPs, but supporting it has been damaging to both Labour and the Greens.  Perhaps that is success for Peters – before Jacinda Ardern took over the Labour leadership last year Peters fancied NZ First’s chances of taking over from Labour as the second largest party in Parliament.




  1. artcroft

     /  September 28, 2018

    My prediction, no party ever tries to repeal this law or amend it to make it more democratic. Its a big loss for the average citizen.

  2. Rickmann

     /  September 28, 2018

    So much for Green Party “integrity”.

  3. Zedd

     /  September 28, 2018

    MMP at work.. you win some you lose some; BUT it had to be better to be ‘in Govt.’ rather than another term of the Tories !

  4. Gezza

     /  September 28, 2018

    This Bill doesn’t really faze me much. If you go off the organisation or the boss, stick it out until you find another job or jack it in.

    If your party or leader craps on you, you’re in the wrong party anyway.

    • Corky

       /  September 28, 2018

      True, in reality it’s not a big deal. However, Nick Smith disagrees.

  5. robertguyton

     /  September 28, 2018

    Ho hum

    • Gezza

       /  September 28, 2018

      That’s what I feel too. In the past the Greens were opposed to it but I don’t think they’re probably so bothered by it any more. What do they do to get rid of members they don’t want any more?

  6. robertguyton

     /  September 28, 2018

    Instead or as well? She’s not greedy.

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