The Maori Party has formally approached the Mana Party for
talks on how they can work together better but says a merger
However, electoral accommodations for next year's election to
minimise splitting of the vote may be on the agenda.
Maori Party president Naida Glavish said in a statement this
morning her party had approached Mana, which is led by
break-away Maori Party MP and Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone
"It makes sense to open discussions with the Mana Party on an
issue-by-issue basis but the question of merging with them
looks very unlikely at this stage because of their position
to only work with certain parties, which we think would be
the to the political detriment of our people."
She said the Maori Party was founded on kotahitanga (unity),
manaakitanga (caring) and whanaugatanga (kinship) "all of
which emphasise the importance of relationships with other
through the expression of generosity and mutual respect, and
the Mana Party is included in that".
Mr Harawira has consistently urged the Maori Party to ditch
its confidence and supply support arrangements with National,
which it has now had for two terms.
He split with the Maori Party in 2011 to form Mana.
The Maori Party has three MPs, former leader Pita Sharples
who is retiring from his Auckland-based seat of Tamaki
Makaurau next election, co-leader Tariana Turia, who is
retiring from her Te Tai Hauauru seat, and recently elected
co-leader and Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell.
Labour holds the other three Maori seats.
- By Audrey Young of the New Zealand Herald