November 25, 2016
Maori seats belong to kaupapa Maori party’s
Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan says the party learned a hard lesson by losing two seats in the 2014 general election.
He says it was unable to retain Tamaki Makaurau and Te Tai Hauauru because of vote splitting and continued blood letting with Mana, and it also led to Mana leader Hone Harawira losing Te Taitokerau.
A meeting of the executives of the two partiers agreed yesterday to work towards a joint strategy for the 2017 election.
Mr Morgan says both parties don’t need to contest every Maori seat.
" We’re not in the race, Taitokerau clearly is a two horse race, Hone and Kelvin. And so there has to be some discussions going forward. Those seats belong to the kaupapa Maori party's. It does not belong to Pakeha dominated party's whose constitution render us a back seat passenger," says Tukoroirangi Morgan.
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