July 24, 2018
List best future for Maori Party
Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox says the party needs to increase its share of the list vote if it is to have a future in politics.
Ms Fox says she will put her name forward to continue as co-leader at the party’s annual meeting in October, if her venture into affordable housing leaves her time.
But she doesn’t intend to contest an electorate, preferring a list position.
She says if the Māori Party is to become a fixture in New Zealand politics it needs to do more than contest a popularity contest in individual Māori seats.
"If we are going to stay and really challenge to have a voting say in parliament, that really can determine the direction these major parties work in, we need to have a firm 5 percent base at least to ensure that we have a steady future for the party," Ms Fox says.
At last year’s election the Māori Party took just 1.2 percent of the party vote, half what it scored at its peak in the 2008 election.
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