7 Jul 2011

Māori broadcasters mediate between parties

8:35 pm on 7 July 2011

Two Māori broadcasters and former MPs are acting as a bridge between the Māori and Mana parties.

John Tamihere and Willie Jackson are mediating with Māori Party officials in a bid to secure a peace pact between the parties.

The move follows a by-election in June which returned Hone Harawira as the MP for Te Tai Tokerau in his new role as Mana Party leader.

Sources within Mana acknowledge there is a strong desire in the Maori community for the Mana and Māori parties to work together in Parliament for the common good.

They say Mr Tamihere and Mr Jackson are seen as honest brokers, who will relay any proposed deal to Mr Harawira.

Māori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell says there is no harm in talking to the Mana Party about working together ahead of November's election, but says there are no guarantees.