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Maori-Mana merge now unlikely, says expert

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Latest Political News | Tuesday July 2 2013 21:18

Maori-Mana merge now unlikely, says expert

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)

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