November 28, 2016
Harawira keen to mend rift
Mana leader Hone Harawira says he’s giving the attempt to heal the rift with the Maori Party his best shot.
After last week’s meeting between the executives of the two parties, a working group is developing a framework for cooperation during the 2017 election campaign.
The former Te Taitokerau MP says his door was always open to working with his former party, but there was no response until Tukoroirangi Morgan became Maori Party president.
He told Radio Waatea host Willie Jackson things have been going surprisingly well so far.
"No doubt there's going to be people from Mana and from Maori (party's) and everybody else, who are skeptical about what sort of working relationship we're going to get but, nothing good ever comes to those who wait. Tama tu tama ora, tama noho tama mate. We've got to try our best to find a way we can work together for the betterment of our people. If it doesn't work it wont be for want of trying. We've got to give it our best shot," he says.
Hone Harawira says potential impediments include the Maori Party’s championing of Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill, its support for National’s Resource Management Act changes, and the negative impact its relationship with National has had on Maori.
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