Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia has indicated she would not be unhappy to see a Maori Party candidate take on Hone Harawira in Te Tai Tokerau.
She says people in the north have approached her to say they believe he is plotting to break his agreement not to stand candidates against his former colleagues if he forms a new party.
Mr Harawira denies he plans to break the deal. He says he has been scrupulous about sticking to his agreement not to stand candidates against sitting Maori Party MPs.
Waatea News earlier reported that a meeting of the Maori Party's national council will be held next weekend will discuss the issue.