28 Jan 2011

Maori Party thinks Maori seats theirs by right - Jones

6:40 am on 28 January 2011

Labour MP Shane Jones says the Maori Party thinks the Maori seats are theirs by right because of their name.

Mr Jones says he aims to challenge that by seeking Labour's nomination to stand against Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples in Tamaki Makaurau.

He told Waatea News that anger against Labour over the Foreshore and Seabed Act has diminished and state asset sales will also count against Dr Sharples.

Mr Jones said almost half of those enrolled in the electorate last election did not vote, so getting Labour's supporters to turn out will be the key to success.