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Mahuta mulls future, rejects king's speech

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/08/2016

Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta is leaving the question of her own future open and doesn't think the Maori KingTuheiti's rejection of the Labour Party will have an impact.

Last weekend at celebrations at Turangawaewae marae in his honour King Tuheiti spoke positively about the Maori Party and Mana Party leader Hone Harawira and said he would not be voting for Labour again.

Ms Mahuta told TVNZ's Marae program on Sunday "it was a statement made by an individual albeit the king".

"His statement, going into politics, is out of step with his mother and previous kings," she said.

She doesn't think it will "shift politics" because it will be seen as a statement of an individual.

Maori Party co-leader Marama Fox told the program the king's statement was remarkable.

"People say kingitanga should not be getting into politics but they should remember the movement was born out of politics," she said.

Ms Mahuta left the question of her future open when asked about speculation she is considering stepping down.

She says this question "gets asked every three years" and any politician worth their salt should ask if they have done their time.

"I'll make whatever decision I make based on the fact that I want to see a change of government, Ms Mahuta said.

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