25 years of MMP

New Zealand held its first general election under the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) electoral system 25 years ago on 12 October 1996.

MMP was a fundamental change to the way we choose the people who represent us in Parliament. It ushered in proportional representation and governments have usually been made up of more than one political party.

What is MMP?

Learn more about New Zealand’s system of government, the history of MMP, what MMP is, and how MPs are elected.

The history of MMP

What is MMP?

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