Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says the AFFCO lock out is seriously affecting hundreds of workers and the local and tribal communities they belong to.
Dr Sharples was at Takitimu Marae on the East Coast yesterday to talk about Maori representation on the Wairoa District Council.
But he found the industrial dispute at the AFFCO meat works was the main topic in the town.
Dr Sharples says incidents of extreme hardship were laid out before the hui.
He says he's been trying to meet with representatives of the Talley's owned company to find a way through the dispute.
Photo: Dr Pita Sharples (Getty Images)