The Maori party says the Internet Mana Party merger threatens Maori seats:
The Maori Party believes the Mana Party has “sold out” and its merger with the Internet Party puts all Maori electorate seats at risk. . .
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the merger undermines the need and purpose of the seven Maori seats in Parliament.
“The seats were hard fought for and to allow a Maori candidate to stand to drag in someone else from another party who is not Maori and may not have any dreams and aspirations for Maori people in this land or the people of Te Tai Tokerau who believed in that candidate is seriously wrong,” he says.
“There have been attempts in the past for some parties to suggest the time for Maori seats is over and this doesn’t help in any shape or form.”
MP Pita Sharples also questioned the merger and thinks Mr Harawira’s party has sold out on Maori issues.
“It’s supposed to stand for things Maori and what’s Dotcom bringing to Maori?”
The answer to that question is trouble.
The Mana Party will get money from the deal.
That might help a very few of its members but it won’t help Maori.
I don’t think we need Maori seats and both Flavell and Sharples are right that this deal could be used to argue that.