Tame Iti is hoping to get the Maori Party's first Chinese candidate into parliament this election.
Mr Iti is helping Wetex Kang try and secure the Auckland seat of Botany.
The pair are both passionate about improving relations between Maori and Chinese.
Mr Kang believes some Chinese people think Maori commit too much crime.
"What I said to Asians is there are good people and bad people in all cultures," Mr Kang said.
Mr Iti says some Maori have their own negative stereotypes about Chinese New Zealanders but both think cultural exchange policies such as sending young Maori to China to become trilingual, would help.
"I'm really excited about coming into this space with the Asian population and I think we got to be really smart about how we can radicalise the community to believe that we are connected together," Mr Iti says.
Botany is a National stronghold and at the last election Jamie Lee-Ross gained a massive 13,500 majority.
But 40 per cent of the population in the electorate is Asian and Mr Kang is banking on their support.