October 30, 2013
Voters turned off by bickering
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei says talks between the Maori and Mana Parties are important for the future of Maori political representation.
Presidents Naida Glavish and Annette Sykes are this week discussing how the two kaupapa Maori parties can work together on issues.
A merger is unlikely because of Mana leader Hone Harawira’s opposition to supporting a National-led Government.
Ms Turei says both parties are losing supporting in the polls, so they both have a stake in shoring up the Maori vote.
"Even if they are not talking about becoming one party, even if they are just talking about working together more constructively, I think it would be really heartening for Maori politics, we would see more Maori people coming out to vote for them and for others if they could see Maori political parties being able to work together rather than arguing all the time," she says.
Ms Turei says the Greens work constructively with both Maori parties.
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