By Lisa McNab ..Many New Zealanders are disgruntled that the new government does not include the largest party in Parliament – i.e. National, which won 44.4% of the vote. Some are even questioning the legitimacy of the Labour-led government.
It’s worth checking out a basic but ingenious explanation of MMP coalition government from the following Facebook post from Eva Allan:
“Allow me to explain MMP: There’s one mince and cheese pie left in the shop it costs $5. Bill has $4.50. Jacinda has $3.70. Winston has 70c. James has 60c and David has 5c. No one has enough money to buy the pie by themselves but Jacinda, Winston and James put their money together and buy the pie. Bill gets no pie because he needed 50c but didn’t have any friends to help him pay for the pie. I hope this helps explain things.”