Maori Party not looking to merge with Mana

The Maori Party is meeting with the Mana Party to discuss co-operation on issues but it’s not looking to merge:

Maori Party president Rangimarie Naida Glavish said:

. . . “It is vital that we work with other parties to achieve the needs of our people and that’s why we’ve left ourselves open to working with whoever is in government at anytime be they blue or red, green or yellow.

“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 to the political detriment of our people.” . . .

This is sensible.

There isn’t a single Maori view. Both parties will have common views on some matters but not all.

Mana, like the Green Party, is marooned on the far left where its only chance of being in government are with Labour.

The Maori Party, sensibly stays in the middle, able to go left or right, making it a potential coalition partner in both a National-led or Labour led government.

2 Responses to Maori Party not looking to merge with Mana

  1. robertguyton says:

    The Maori Party is all but history. The chance of them assisting National in a third term is zero. Mana might offer them a life-line but that will come with a ‘no to National’ proviso.

  2. Dave Kennedy says:

    It’s interesting that a party that represents the poor has no chance of a coalition with National. The terms ‘right’ and ‘left’ are actually redundant terms that refer to the political philosophies of 60 years ago. Mana and the Greens are often called communist and yet their policies are not really about state control and ownership and more about fairness and ecological responsibility.

    It is obvious that National is no longer the broad church that once supported farmers, small business and rural New Zealand. National is now the advocate for the already rich and corporate interests.

    More extra money has been poured into private schools that serve 4% of students than the 96% in the public sector. $35 million was given to private schools and $25 million cut from the Ministry’s budget, $3.9 million bailed out Wanganui collegiate (400 students) while special schools were closed. John Key’s son’s private school has increased its operational budget by 40% and 25% of their students sitting NCEA are supported by special needs funding from the Ministry (low decile schools can’t afford the assessment fees to get education support). http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/8830344/Private-schools-snare-special-needs-cash

    We have corporate welfare with tens of millions being gifted to Warner Bros, Rio Tinto, Americas Cup, Skycity etc and the $6 billion worth of tax fraud is largely ignored. Many small businesses find there is little to support them as most government funds are directed at the already successful companies.

    So the political spectrum is: Act- too economically extreme and unstable for most; National-the advocate for corporate interests and fossil fuel; Labour-that tries to represent all but can’t always express exactly what it stands for; New Zealand First-the party that represents Winston and the gold card; The Greens-that supports a more holistic approach where economic, social and environmental considerations are properly balanced; and Mana-which advocates for the poor and disenfranchised.

    National has done little in five years to improve the lot of the average New Zealander while our richest have seen their wealth increase by 15-20% a year and we have the fastest growing inequality of income in the OECD. I used to respect the old National where the likes of Holyoake, Jack Marshall and Brian Tallboys had a considered, gentlemanly approach to politics and real compassion for ordinary people (Brian Tallboys regularly helped out at a school where I taught after he retired) but the National I see in performing in the house today are something quite different.

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