7 Dec 2009

Expectations not being met - Sharples

8:56 am on 7 December 2009

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has admitted the party is not meeting its members' expectations of consultation before major policy decisions are made.

In the past, MPs have used breaks between Parliamentary sittings to hold hui around the country, but its support arrangement with National means the caucus is under huge pressure.

Dr Sharples says that has led to MPs flying on their own on issues like the emissions trading scheme, Accident Compensation changes and the super city.

He told Waatea News that they "have to find a way of getting our people involved in the decision making" and to "channel the discussion back to them".

Dr Sharples said that in hindsight the party could have dealt better with the furore over Hone Harawira's trip to Paris and subsequent email, but he's happy the Tai Tokerau MP is continuing with the party.