Maori Party-Mana Movement

Here is the agreement signed by the Maori party and the Mana Movement today.

The Executive of the MANA Movement and the National Executive for Maori Party have the power and authority to act on behalf of their respective parties in entering into this agreement.

Any and all contravening clauses/rules contained within existing party rules / constitutions / ture will be suspended for the duration of this agreement and replaced with the terms contained within this Kawenata and will conclude on September 23, 2017.


  1. The MANA Movement and the Maori Party recognise the importance of showing unity through diversity and the strength that this arrangement provides for the betterment of the people we serve.
  2. Through mutual respect and a commitment to build on the strengths each party possess, we sign this Kawenata to help us achieve the aspirations of both parties and more importantly Maori.


1. MANA confirm the decision made at its 2016 AGM, to focus on Te Tai Tokerau at the 2017 General Election, and to not stand candidates in the other 6 Maori seats (Tamaki Makaurau, Hauraki-Waikato, Waiariki, Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Te Tai Hauauru, Te Tai Tonga).

2. The Maori Party confirm their determination to stand candidates in those 6 Maori seats (Tamaki Makaurau, Hauraki-Waikato, Waiariki, Ikaroa-Rawhiti, Te Tai Hauauru, Te Tai Tonga) at the 2017 General Election, while agreeing to not stand a candidate in Te Tai Tokerau.

3. Both MANA and the Maori Party also agree to allow each party:
a) to develop, present and promote the policies they think most appropriate;
b) to campaign for the party vote;
c) to criticise policies, without attacking candidates.

4. This Kawenata will take effect on signing and remain in force until 5pm Sat 23 Sep 2017.

Meaning of Kawenata from the Maori Dictionary:

1. (loan) (noun) covenant, testament, charter, contract, agreement, treaty – any undertaking that binds the parties in a permanent and morally irrevocable relationship.

The Maori/MANA Kawenata is not permanent as it has a termination date – election day.

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  1. PDB

     /  20th February 2017

    A quick look at Te Tai Tokerau last election shows;

    Davis: 9712 votes.
    Hone: 8969 votes.
    Maori candidate: 2579 votes.

    I personally don’t think it’s a simple case of all Maori candidate votes will now go to Hone and he’ll win as Davis has been one of the better performing Labour MP’s and should improve his vote as a result. Also the Maori candidate vote last election could be seen as an ‘anti-Hone’ vote so how many will now back Hone?

  2. Blazer

     /  20th February 2017

    can see Hone back in Parliament…a very good thing for NZ democracy.

    • PDB

       /  20th February 2017

      Why? He did nothing last time he was in parliament and will again do the same considering National, Labour and NZL First have ruled out working with him in govt.

      • Blazer

         /  20th February 2017

        only the govt can ‘do’ anything in Parliament.Hone puts across alternative view points,and the more voices heard in Parliament,the better democracy functions.

        • PDB

           /  20th February 2017

          You mean ‘alternative view points’ like ‘white mo-fo’s’ and not wanting his kids to date a white person?

          • Blazer

             /  20th February 2017

            yes that type of thing as well.

            • Gezza

               /  20th February 2017

              You want him to say that type of thing in Parliament? How’s that a good thing?

            • High Flying Duck

               /  21st February 2017

              If we’re lucky he’ll throw in some abuse of the gay (add alphabet soup catch all here) community and espouse women as cooks and baby makers only values to complete his enlightened contribution to our democracy.

  3. Zedd

     /  21st February 2017

    methinks there are just some in maoridom, that dont think a ‘mainstream party’ (labour) speak for them, even though they are willing to ‘sit at the table’ with natz. its 2017 not 1840 folks. ti hei mauirora

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