September 09, 2014
Turia sour on Cunliffe rejection
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says Labour Party leader David Cunliffe will have to talk to her if he wants Maori Party support for a Labour-led Government.
Mr Cunliffe has spelled out that if he is able to form a government after this month's election, there's only room in cabinet for MPs from Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First.
He says he's prepared to talk to Te Ururoa Flavell after the election, but considers that every vote for the Maori Party is a vote for National.
Mrs Turia says he may regret that rhetoric if he comes to need the Maori Party to make up a majority.
"Sorry David but I'm still the co-leader as well even though I'll be outside of parliament and that won't change until the party has its AGM. If he's talking to anybody, he will have to talk to me as well, and there's no way the Maori Party will buy into the divisive behaviour of the Labour Party. When you think about how fragmented they are within, that's the reason they are polling at 26 percent," she says.
Tariana Turia says if people don't want to give their party vote to the Maori Party, they should give it to the Greens.
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