The Maori Party says it is consulting members on whether or not they should stay or go from their arrangement with National. They are still moaning about the facts of life:
Maori Party MPs will talk to their members over their future with National as Prime Minister John Key insists he is too busy to meet the minor party co-leaders about a row over water rights till next week.
In a show of solidarity with claimants pressing their case over water rights to the Waitangi Tribunal, Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia made an appearance at the hearings yesterday and refused to offer assurances over the future of the coalition with National.
Asked if it was the most serious rift yet between National and the Maori Party, she responded: “I don’t know whether I could say that, but I am really concerned about the fallout from it”.
She confirmed the co-leaders would be speaking to Maori Party council members and the future of the relationship rested with them.
“That’s for them to decide really.”
Here is the thing…the Waitangi Tribunal is yet to rule, so everyone is presupposing that they will rule that Maori own water…they might not. But if Maori are dead keen on owning water then we know precisely where to send the bill for damges the next time a flood happens with “their” water.
I’m pretty sure though that they will find life pretty chilly outside of the air conditioned comfort of ministerial BMWs. But National should just let them go…most legislation that has passed recently has been despite the Maori party not because of it.
National too will feel emboldened to promptly axe the wasteful spending sop to them that is Whanau Ora.
The Maori Party shouldn’t get too eager to run off and play opposition.