30 Sep 2014

Maori Party hui over National support

8:08 am on 30 September 2014

The Maori Party says it is consulting supporters about an invitation to support the re-elected National-led Government on issues of confidence and supply.

Te Ururoa Flavell.

Te Ururoa Flavell retained his Waiariki seat. Photo: RNZ / Natalie Mankelow

Leader Te Ururoa Flavell said Prime Minister John Key has offered the Maori Party the same deal as in the past - a confidence and supply agreement - backing National on its budget and retaining the right to vote against other legislation.

Mr Flavell said Mr Key has told him he wants action to help the less fortunate and those in poverty, which is very much in line with Maori Party policy.

He said other topics up for discussion are the large numbers of people who don't vote, the continuation of the Maori seats, and possible ministerial portfolios.

Hui around the motu have so far been largely in favour of working with the Government, Mr Flavell said, and expects to have agreement by Friday to accept the Prime Minister's offer.

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