Andrew Little shrugs off Māori King's comments

  • 23/08/2016
Labour leader Andrew Little
Labour leader Andrew Little

Labour leader Andrew Little doesn't seem to be concerned about the Māori King's comment that he supports the Māori Party and the Mana Movement.

King Kiingi Tuheitia made the surprising remarks at the weekend, saying he wouldn't again vote Labour.

It's believed to be unprecedented and NZ First leader Winston Peters says the king should stay out of politics.

"It is disappointing the Māori King has been used in such a sad way," Mr Peters said on Monday.

He believes King Tuheitia was influenced by Tukoroirangi Morgan, his former advisor and now president of the Māori Party.

Mr Little says what the king says is up to him and his advisors.

"It's not for me to speculate on where it's coming from," he told RNZ on Tuesday.

"As I understand it, the Māori King has a council of advisors, he will be getting advice from a number of quarters."

When he was last month elected Māori Party president, Mr Morgan said his aim was to win all the Māori seats.

There are seven of them, and Labour holds six.

Mr Morgan has also made initial moves to bring the Māori Party and Hone Harawira's Mana Movement together.