November 24, 2016
Maori parties to collaborate on election strategy
The Maori Party and Mana have agreed to cooperate, but the details of the agreement are still to be worked out.
The executives of the two parties met in Whangarei yesterday, and Maori Party president Tukuroirangi Morgan says they were able to put aside their differences and focus on what is best for their people.
The relationship has been testy since Hone Harawira left the Maori Party to form his own movement, with his former colleagues rebuffing any talk of working together.
Since becoming president Mr Morgan has put a lot of energy into repairing the relationship as a step towards taking all seven Maori seats off Labour.
He says both parties now agree a strategic agreement was needed if they were to achieve better results in the 2017 election.
Yesterday’s meeting was a good first step that bodes well for the future working relationship.
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