Fears shock election result could be 'death knell' for Maori Party




The biggest casualty of election night was the Maori Party, which failed to win a seat and fell short of the five per cent party vote threshold.

The party failed to win a seat and fell short of the five per cent party threshold.
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Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says his political aspirations are over after failing to hold onto the Waiariki seat.

Others wonder if the party he helped can ever recover.

Tamati Coffey took Flavell's electorate  - part of clean sweep of all seven Maori seats for Labour.

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The Maori Party rode a wave of Maori support in 2005 but that's now gone from Parliament and how it went all wrong will be picked over.

The Maori King's backing of the Maori Party has been criticised.

As the Maori Party co-leader arrived to give his speech, supporters broke out in a haka.
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"Those advisers were delusional, they were mis-guided, they were wrong, they should stand down immediately," says Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta.

The party's legacy was ushering in its social policy whanau ora and re-organinsing the te reo sector but it was forever criticised by Maori for working with the National Party.

"We'd done all that work to find out ... they didn't want us," says Mr Flavell.

Views are split on whether the party will get back into Parliament in the 2020 election.

Labour's deputy leader sidestepped questions about the future of the Maori Party.
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Former Labour Party Cabinet minister John Tamihere sees this election's loss as a "problem".

"It's actually a problem for the Maori Party to get any oxygen to determine a platform in 2020 and that's why losing Waiariki could've been a death knell," he says.

Political scientist Maria Bargh holds out more hope for the party saying: "We've always had Mana Mana Motuheke, I think there's always going to be a Maori Party.

Te Ururoa Flavell won't be part of it - he says he's done with politics.

"I'll leave proud of what we've done and just leave it for another generation to come through".

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