7 Feb 2011

Electorate committee fully behind Harawira

11:50 am on 7 February 2011

The Te Tai Tokerau electorate committee says it will stand by Hone Harawira MP should he be thrown out of the Maori Party.

The party's disciplinary committee will this week hear a complaint that Mr Harawira has brought the party into disrepute.

Electorate chair Lisa McNab told Nine to Noon that Te Tai Tokerau wants the matter solved outside of the committee using Maori protocol.

She says the electorate has supported Mr Harawira in the past and will "definitely continue" to support him in the future.

Ms McNab also said the national executive of the Maori Party has become too far removed from Maori in the communities that it represents and the issues that Mr Harawira is raising.