October 18, 2015
Maori Party rules out Mana alliance
The schism with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party continued to overshadow the Maori Party’s annual conference over the weekend, despite it being billed as a renewal hui.
President Naida Glavish says while the idea of a merger with Mana was again raised, it would not happen.
She says the party is willing to work with any other political movement to address issues of the day, but not to merge.
Current priorities include the reform of Child Youth and Family, improving Maori health through housing initiatives, and ensuring te reo Maori remains alive.
60 people attended the gathering at Te Ohaaki Marae in Huntly.
It included a motivational speech from former MP Tau Henare, who ruled out adding the Maori Party to the list of political movements he has been part of including New Zealand First, Mauri Pacific and National.
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