Strategies to win Māori seats in next elections

By Maiki Sherman

As the year draws to a close, the focus is now shifting to next year's general elections including the strategies that may win the Māori seats.

There's talk of the strategy around the Māori seats whereby two parties work together, essentially, deciding not to compete in the same electorate. 

MP Hone Harawira says, "I've been approached by another party to discuss that very matter, with the understanding, that you stand in this seat, but not in that one."

According to MP Shane Jones that's a discussion for the Labour executive, but he says it may be a way in which they can oust the Māori Party. 

"I haven't been invited into a discussion such as that, it's at a higher level than us MPs, but let me just say in terms of the Māori Party, we want them gone."

That doesn't faze co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

According to Maria Bargh, a political lecturer at Victoria University, it's a clever strategy and though Labour will benefit, both the Māori Party and Mana need to be cautious.

It's true following the by-election in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, talk began that the combined votes of Mana and Māori Party would have meant a non-win for Labour.

Yes, it'll be a new year with perhaps new strategies.