These graphs show the results of the 1993 binding referendum on voting systems, with a clear majority supporting a change to the mixed-member proportional (MMP) system. The result was, however, close with 53.8% of the valid votes supporting a change to MMP and 46.1% wanting to retain first-past- the-post (FPP). The second graph indicates a higher percentage of support for MMP in the North Island and a strong support for MMP among voters on the Māori roll.
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Sources: Electoral Commission; Neill Atkinson, Adventures in democracy: a history of the vote in New Zealand. Dunedin: University of Otago Press in association with the Electoral Commission, 2003