Getting to tour parliament was a very interesting experience that gave us a much better understanding of the New Zealand political system. The difference in the way they elect their representatives and pass bills into laws leads to a vastly superior health care system.
The mixed member promotional (MMP) is a relatively new establishment in which popular vote determines the number of representatives each respective party is allotted. This allows for a better representation of the voter and makes each vote more viable than would be in our system.
They also require a lesser majority (>50%) to pass a bill. Unlike our system, which requires a 2/3 majority, the New Zealand government has a much easier time of passing bills into laws, a more progressive form of legislature.
- Ian Harwood