26 Apr 2012

Former Maori Party MP keen for leadership role

7:52 am on 26 April 2012

Former Maori Party MP Rahui Katene has indicated she wants to lead the party when the current co-leaders step down.

Ms Katene lost her southern Maori seat of Te Tai Tonga at the last election, but plans to stand again in 2014.

She says three years in Parliament was not long enough for her vision for Te Tai Tonga to be put into place.

The lawyer says she would stand again as an MP for the Maori Party - and be leader - if that is what the people want.

She says she is making herself available and she would love to advocate on voters' behalf.

Ms Katene says she would seek re-election in Te Tai Tonga because that is where she is from and where her iwi is.

Maori Party co-leaders, Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, have both said they will stand aside before the next general election.

Since losing her seat, Rahui Katene has returned to work as lawyer in Wellington.