30 Jun 2017

One Pacific and Māori Party still deciding on candidates

8:47 am on 30 June 2017

The One Pacific group and the Māori Party are still deciding who will stand in what seats in this year's New Zealand election.

One Pacific wants to improve political representation for Pacific people and this week signed a deal for Pacific candidates to stand for the Māori Party.

Up to nine candidates of Pacific ethnicity will stand in general seats, mainly in Pasifika-strong Auckland electorates such as Manukau East, Mangere, Maugakiekie and Mt Roskill.

One Pacific co-leader Ai'iloilo Dr Elise Puni said there had always been a lot of goodwill between Māori and Pacific peoples.

"It will represent us in terms of our gender mix and it should also represent us in looking at other areas outside of Auckland and right throughout the motu."