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Maori Party and Mana Party hold talks

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016
Hone Harawira. © RNZ / Kim Baker Wilson Hone Harawira.

The Maori Party and the Mana Party have held another meeting to discuss their future relationship, and say they've put aside their differences.

"We consider this day historic in the sense that this is the first time the two executives of our parties have come together, and that bodes well for our future working relationship," said Maori Party president Tukuroirangi Morgan.

"It is a significant occasion where we have been able to put aside our differences and focus on what is best for our people."

Mr Morgan first met Mana Party leader Hone Harawira in July in an attempt to heal the five-year rift.

Mr Harawira quit the party over its support agreement with National, and founded his own movement.

He resigned from parliament, fought a by-election and won.

Tentative reconciliation attempts came to nothing and Mr Harawira lost the Te Tai Tokerau seat to Labour's Kelvin Davis in 2014.

Following Mr Morgan's first meeting with Mr Harawira, the Maori Party's co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox ruled out an alliance with Mana but said they were open to "a more cohesive relationship".

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