Too late love, much too late

The Maori party is as good as dead after Labour suffocated them in the election, but Tariana Turia thinks she can save them:

There’s been a change of mood from disappointment to optimism for the Māori Party with news of the return of Dame Tariana Turia.

Turia, founder and former co-leader of the Māori Party, will come out of retirement to help the party after the dismal results from the election.

The Māori Party dropped out of Parliament after suffering a devastating defeat on election night which saw the party gain just 1.1 per cent of the party vote, while all seven of their electorate candidates were beaten by Labour candidates.

Turia, who retired from politics after the 2014 election, will lead a charge to regroup the Māori Party and help them realign its values in an effort to bounce back.

“I think people need to know we won’t be lying down and dying, we’ll be getting up and working hard to get those seats back,” Turia told TVNZ’s Breakfast.

Maori have failed to properly understand MMP and the Maori party has suffered as a result.

Maori are now back to being taken for granted by the Labour party.

There is no sense of anger from Maori to propel the Maori party back into parliament, so they are effectively dead.

 

-Fairfax

 


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