A Maori politics expert says it is unlikely the Maori Party will merge with the Mana Party now that it is getting a new leader.
Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples has stood down, and it is expected Te Ururoa Flavell will take over.
Paul Moon from AUT says a merger looks off the agenda now.
"Pita Sharples, if he had retained the leadership, would have contemplated it.
"But Te Ururoa Flavell and Hone Harawira have a lot of bad blood between them and that's going to prevent any sort of merger taking place."
Photo: Tariana Turia, Pita Sharples, Te Ururoa Flavell and Pem Bird as Pita resigns as Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples (Twitter)