Mon, 30 Apr 2007 8:21am
Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia
Maori Affairs Minister Parekura Horomia says he will continue to vote for Sue Bradford's bill on smacking - despite a weekend poll showing it has little support among Maori.
Nearly 80 percent of those questioned in the Marae Poll are opposed to the bill.
The Maori Party, which has provided vital support for the bill, will now re-debate the issue at a meeting of MPs tomorrow.
Prime Minister Helen Clark has refused to make the bill a conscience vote, which means she is forcing all Labour MPs to vote for the bill - including Mr Horomia.
He says the poll will not change his stance.