Peters: No deal with Maori, Mana

HAMISH RUTHERFORD
Last updated 15:47 29/07/2014

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Winston Peters says NZ First will sit in Opposition rather than go into coalition with any "race based" party.

On his way into Parliament today, Peters repeated earlier comments that NZ First might sit on the cross benches rather than go into a coalition that undermined its principles, including its opposition to what it calls "Maori separatism".

"We are not going to be in any combination that is race-based," Peters said.

"That is with the Maori Party or the Mana Party. We've made it very clear. We think that separatism is extraordinarily damaging for this country.

"We have said to you [the media] that we're not going with any party based on race because it is so destructive long term to this country."

He also dismissed questions about the Conservatives and leader Colin Craig, saying the party was "never a flyer" because it needed a deal with National to have a chance to get into Parliament.

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