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Maori Party looks to the future

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/07/2016

(L-R) Ministers Te Ururoa Flavell, Steven Joyce and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. © Getty Images (L-R) Ministers Te Ururoa Flavell, Steven Joyce and Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga. The Maori Party will be looking for ways to ensure it has a future in parliament when members gather for its annual meeting in Auckland on Saturday.

It's representation has dwindled from five seats in 2008 to just two at present - co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell's Waiariki electorate seat and Marama Fox's list seat.

It's founding members Dame Tariana Turia and Sir Pita Sharples retired at the last election and Mr Flavell says the party is in a rebuilding phase.

"We've got to start thinking about the long-term plans for the Maori Party and ensuring that it stays a part of the political landscape for ever," he told RNZ ahead of the meeting.

"If we lose the Waiariki seat it's a long haul back."

A party president will be elected at the meeting, and Mr Flavell says that will help determine the direction the party takes.

There are three candidates - incumbent Naida Glavish, Tuku Morgan and George Ngatai.

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