'Revitalise it' – Maori Party founder says party down but not out




The founder of the Maori Party, Sir Pita Sharples, believes the party isn't done yet, despite a poor showing at the election seeing it drop out of parliament.

Dr Pita Sharples says they need to put differences aside to prepare for the next election.
Source: 1 NEWS

"I'm determined that we should try and resurrect the party, re-strengthen it, revitalise it, so we're there for the next election," Sir Pita said.

"Foreshore and seabed taught us if you want something done we have to do it ourselves."

The Maori Party founder is partly blaming online attacks for undermining Maori Party MPs, leading to the poor result.

He claims the attacks are vicious and coming from the left.

"There's a slanging match, why do we do that to each other?" Sir Pita asked.

Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said voting for Maori Labour candidates was a pointless exercise because they’ll now likely be in opposition.
Source: Q+A

Political commentator Deborah Mahuta Coyle says everyone needs to take stock, and the Maori Party has some soul searching to do.

"I think it's possible for the MP to come back in 2020, it will take a lot of work, but I'm sure they are up for it," Ms Coyle said.

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