No chance, animosity remains in maori politics

Maori politics remains broken, with the disaffected, indigent and bludger class following Hone Harawira and the reasonable?following?the Maori party, there appears no chance of reconciliation between the factions.

The chances of any union between the Maori Party and Mana Party appear remote, despite changes in leadership and calls for talks from several party members at the Maori Party’s annual conference.

At its largest conference in years, about 300 members gathered for the conference in Whakatane at which MP Te Ururoa Flavell was elected unopposed as the new male co-leader and Naida Glavish was chosen as the party’s President over George Ngatai.

The presidency battle was partly a choice on the issue of the Mana Party after George Ngatai spoke in favour of talks, saying it was clear there was not room for two Maori parties. “At least we can say we tried.”

There were many nods of approval among the audience. ?

A large conference is a good indicator that despite the claims of other politicians the Maori part appears in good spirits.

The party has come in for criticism over its relationship with National, but outgoing President Pem Bird said it would be a breach of trust for it to walk away from National now. That was reinforced by Mrs Turia, who ruled out that the Maori Party would walk out on National before the 2014 election. “Because then we would be in Opposition doing nothing.”

Inside the tent is always preferable to being sitting ont he outside, which is where nasty, fringe politicians like Hone Harawira will always be.

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