Topic: Politics

Mana and Māori parties to merge?

Neither the Mana Party leader, Hone Harawira, nor Māori Party co-leader, Pita Sharples, are ruling out a merger between the two parties in the future.

Harawira says he could work with the Māori Party again, but he'd need a leadership role, and the Māori Party would have to end their coalition with National.

In politics, you never say never.  There's talk of a merger between the Māori and Mana parties, and according to the leaders, that's always an option.

Despite their past history, Harawira is willing.

With Sharples saying the two sides would need to first sit around a table, what would the party be called?  Mana Māori perhaps?

Regardless the Mana leader says if the Māori Party does join Mana, he will be leader.

The Māori Party is expected today at Rātana, to make its first public appearance since their leaders' spat.

Its supporters will no doubt want to know if a merger is in fact on the cards.

Reporter:  Harata Brown