A prominent Maori leader who fiercely opposes asset sales says he's excited there will be a referendum on the Government's asset sales programme.
The organisors of the Keep Our Assets petition have succeeded in their second attempt to gather enough signatures to force a referendum.
It's estimated more than 327,000 eligible voters have signed the petition - 18,500 more than required.
Te Atiawa kaumatua Peter Love says Prime Minister John Key can no longer ignore the issue.,
Mr Love earlier this year rallied against asset sales with a group called Say No to Asset Sales.