September 22, 2014
Table at all costs strategy costing party
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei is questioning the long term viability of the Maori Part’s political strategy.
Te Ururoa Flavell, who looks set to become Maori Affairs Minister once he inks a support agreement with National, argues the Maori Party needs to be at the table, whoever forms the Government.
Ms Turei says going on Saturday’s result it’s not a strategy the bulk of Maori voters are happy with.
"I mean I’ve a lot of time for them and the work they do but they have gone from an extraordinary high in 2005, in 10 years down to one MP, maybe two if they are lucky. That is not a winning strategy in my mind. The Greens at least in those 10 years, from our lowest result in 2005, are now maintaining at 10 percent or above in the party vote, so I just can't see following the Maori Party is such a great idea," she says.
Ms Turei says she’s disappointed the Greens’ share of the vote wasn’t high enough to bring in Marama Davidson, who was 15 on the list.
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