Maori party rules out merger
The Maori Party has ruled out merging with other parties.
"Our party is willing to work with any political movement but we will not be merging with any other party," president Naida Glavish said after the party's annual meeting at Te Ohaaki Marae in Huntly yesterday.
The statement appears to rule out an alliance with the Mana Movement.
There were about 60 people at the hui.
Ms Glavish says the party made its decision after discussing the idea of mergers.
"Our ambition is to address problems such as helping children in the care of Child Youth and Family, improving our people's health through housing initiatives, as well as ensuring our reo remains alive," she said.
"We are clear that we're here to help Maori and non-Maori before thinking about any political alliance."
The party, one of the government's support partners, is taking credit for a number of gains in this year's budget, including a boost for Whanau Ora and extra cash for Maori housing initiatives.
Mana Movement leader Hone Harawira lost his Te Tai Tokerau seat to Labour's Kelvin Davis in the last election and Mana's alliance with the Kim Dotcom backed Internet Party only gained 1.26 percent of the party vote.