7 Jul 2011

Maori Party willing to talk with Mana Party

6:37 pm on 7 July 2011

Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell says there is no harm in talking to the Mana Party about working together ahead of the election, but won't make any commitment about the future.

The former MP Willie Jackson will meet members of the Maori Party executive on Thursday night on behalf of Hone Harawira's Mana Party.

Mr Harawira will return to Parliament as the MP for Te Tai Tokerau after winning a by-election in June.

He quit the Maori Party at the start of the year and established the Mana Party.

Mr Jackson says he was asked by Mr Harawira to meet senior Maori Party officials to see if there is a way for the parties to work together.

Mr Flavell says the Maori Party is willing to talk - but anything further than that will be up to its national council.

The election will be held on 26 November.