Topic: Elections

National open to discuss a possible coalition deal with Māori Party

By Harata Brown

Despite National's election results showing it can govern alone, Prime Minister John Key and Senior MPs will meet with possible coalition partners this week, and the Māori Party is one of three minor parties being offered a place at the table. 

Coalition talks began today with John Key giving the leader of United Future a hand shake.

United Future, The Māori Party and Act are being extended an olive branch by the Prime Minister, to be partied to coalition negotiations with the returning National-Led Government.

Although National obtained 61 of the 121 Parliamentary seats, it will be very difficult for the opposition to oppose legislation if it were to have coalition agreements with the three minor parties.

Dunne, as well as novice MP David Seymour from ACT, and the Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell were successful in winning their respective electorates, and through the party vote support for the Māori Party, list MP and newcomer Marama Fox has also received a place in Parliament.

Te Ururoa Flavell says that the Māori Party executive will meet today to discuss what they want out of a coalition agreement, and tomorrow they will table the party's aspirations with the Prime Minister.