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Māori Party casting for direction forward

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The Māori Party has held a strategy session as it tries to find a path back into parliament.

President Che Wilson says the 5 percent threshold is too high at this time, so that path involves winning a seat, with Te Tai Hauāuru or Waiariki the best prospects.

While the Greens' conference at the weekend was unsettled by a debate over the party was becoming too centrist, he says his party is only concerned about being Māori.

"Whether it’s left or right, that’s not a Māori way of seeing politics. That’s a Pākehā way of seeing politics and we’re just focusing on being the Māori voice that doesn’t need to ask permission from anyone else to be Māori, to celebrate being Māori, and not to focus on universalism or trying to give an equal share to everyone," Mr Wilson says.


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