10 Feb 2011

Maori Party row drags on

8:42 am on 10 February 2011

The Maori Party's Te Tai Tokerau electorate organisation has been given another chance to find a resolution to the complaint against MP Hone Harawira.

The party's disputes and disciplinary committee adjourned on Wednesday night without reaching any final decision.

The adjournment will allow the electorate to hold a further hui in Northland, planned for Friday and Saturday.

Committee chair Te Orohi Paul says it is an opportunity for the electorate to find some resolutions and options for the committee.

Maori Party President says the delay will give Mr Harawira a chance to keep his mana.

He told Morning Report the electorate meeting will consider an option that came out of Wednesday's meeting which would be a way forward however he would not reveal what that option is.

Mr Harawira says he told the committee he disagrees with the process but is glad his electorate will have the chance to meet.

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says the committee meeting was positive but he would not speculate on whether Mr Harawira would remain with the party.

The committee is expected to reconvene next week following the Te Tai Tokerau hui.