NZ First pulls support for Kermadecs Bill

NZ First leader Winston Peters
NZ First leader Winston Peters

Political support for the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill is crumbling and the Government may now have to rely on the Greens for support to get it across the line.

Just 24 hours ago the Bill had 100 percent support across political parties, but New Zealand First is the latest to withdraw support, accusing the Government of "breaking the law" by reneging on its Treaty of Waitangi fisheries settlement with Maori.

NZ First pulls support for Kermadecs Bill

Labour and the Maori Party are also threatening to pull support due to lack of consultation with Maori, and Act is reconsidering its stance too.

As it stands, National have 59 seats in Parliament. They need 61 votes to pass a Bill. Even with the support of United Future, the Bill could not pass without votes from the Greens.

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