Maori Party internal frictions

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

The Maori Party seems to have internal criticisms being aired in public already with third ranking list candidate Atareta Poananga berating her party on Radio Waatea yesterday.

She is critical of Turia’s stance towards the National Party which is simply to have an open mind towards discussions with all parties in Parliament.

Poananga, one of Maoridom’s most radical members, believes this is suicidal for the Maori Party, but what Turia’s doing is actually in the best interests of the Maori Party. Few people actually think she would side with National at the end of the day, but we all know anything can happen in politics, and being open minded is the best way to go.

From a Maori Party’s perspective, if it means they achieve some legislative victories in the long run, then Turia’s stance is right. If Atareta Poananga were in Parliament, she would likely be far to “staunch” towards everybody else, and would acheive nothing for her constituency.

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