August 01, 2016
Hard bargaining could bring Harawira back onto fold
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa says it’s still too early to say if a deal with Mana on seats is possible.
The party formed through Hone Harawira’s 2011 breakaway held its annual meeting on the weekend, and president Lisa McNabb confirmed she has talked to new Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan on a strategic reconciliation.
Mr Flavell says the focus of both parties is to get the Maori seats away from Labour so it’s in a stronger position after the election offer support to whichever side offers it a better deal.
The discussion with Mana is where it fits in that scenario.
"Mana leader Hone has said he is not prepared to work with National so that sort of rules that one out and Labour similarly, so that sort of rules that one out. Those two parties have said they don't want to work wth him so it's a hard line. But in the end if you need the numbers, you have got to do some bargaining." Mr Flavell says.
The Maori Party’s focus remains on winning all seven Maori seats.
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