After a disastrous defeat last year, the Māori Party is using its annual general meeting this weekend, to regroup and talk about a strategy to return to the Beehive in 2020.

Top of the agenda for today's hui is electing a new leadership to execute that strategy.

Foundation member, Dame Tariana Turia, was the reason why the Māori Party started.

She's come to bring it back to life and she has a message for the annual general meeting:

“The most important message for all of us is that we have to continue to listen to what it is that whānau are saying to us. Our focus has to be on the whānau, not on individuals, but on the whānau and that's our point of difference that we are driven by the kaupapa of Whānau Ora.

Co-leader Marama Fox is also looking forward to it.

“Ko te rautaki nui kei mua i te pāti Māori - kei hea mai te huarahi mā tātou ki te tū kaha, te tū māia i roto i tēnei ao tōrangapū kia tutuki i ngā wawata o tēnei kaupapa?”

There are many issues they will talk deeply about tomorrow - including the presidency.

Fox also says Ngāti Rangi man who affiliates to the Whanganui tribes, Che Wilson, has put his hand up for that role.

“Ko wētahi tāngata hōu, hōu ki tēnā tūranga ēngari kāore i te hōu ki tēnei kaupapa ko Che Wilson tētahi o rātou. Kei reira tonu a Te Ururoa me te hunga rangtatahi.”

Turia also agrees regarding Ngāti Rangi’s Che Wilson.

“Che has a long history right from a child actually of being groomed as a leader within our own iwi. But certainly right throughout the country, he is widely respected, and of course is on the Tekaumārua for Tainui.”

Te Ururoa Flavell says one of their strategies is to reach out to a wide audience - whether they be Māori or non-Māori.

“Kei te ohorere ahau anō hoki ki te āhuatanga o te rata mai, o te aro mai o te ao Pākehā, otirā Hainamana mai, ngā Pākehā e tino aro nei ki te kaupapa o te pāti Māori me te pāpōuri kāore mātou i reira ki te tiaki i taha ki a tāua ko te Māori.”

The question is: do they have the strength and the strategies to get them back in the Beehive in 2020?

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