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Hayes keen on Māori seat run
National List MP Jo Hayes @On File

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National List MP Jo Hayes has flagged she wants to stand in Te Hauauru next election.

National hasn't stood candidates in Māori seats since 2002, shortly before Don Brash became party leader and pushed for a policy of getting rid of the seats.

Ms Hayes says it's time for National to reconsider its Māori vote, as Labour had failed to deliver for Māori despite having the largest ever Māori caucus, including all seven Māori seats.

She says coalition partner NZ First seems to have a stronger influence on Māori policy than Labour's 13 Māori MPs.

Ms Hayes says while NZ First pushes universal funding rather than targeting Māori, Māori need special treatment to counter the continuing impact of colonisation.

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