Harawira in mediation meeting

MIKE WATSON
Last updated 19:17 01/02/2011
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A hui to hear a complaint against Maverick Maori Party MP Hone Harawira has ended without resolution on his future with the party.

Mr Harawira and Maori Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell walked out together but told reporters they hadn't resolved all the issues that sparked the hui.

The meeting, at Rotorua's Taheke marae, was to discuss Harawira's future with the party.

Harawira told reporters as he headed into the meeting that he had not come "with a band of warriors" and was sincerely hoping the legal process could be worked through to reach a meaningful solution in tikanga Maori.

The Maori Party national council is hoping the men can resolve a complaint laid by Flavell over a newspaper column in which Mr Harawira said the party was too wrapped up with National and was supporting anti-Maori policies.

A hui held in Harawira's Te Tai Tokerau electorate last week was supposed to resolve the complaint, but neither Flavell nor party president Pem Bird were invited and it turned into a support rally for the MP.

The party's national council referred the complaint to the disciplinary committee, which has scheduled a meeting for February 9.

Today would be a chance for the two MPs to resolve the issue.

The party has hired high profile lawyer Mai Chen to advise it on how to handle the dispute with Harawira. His expulsion from the party is one option.

That is fuelling speculation of Harawira leading a new left wing party. Former Green MP Sue Bradford is being touted as a co-leader and she has confirmed she is open to the idea.

Harawira said this afternoon he "absolutely" believed he could still work with Flavell and had no issues with co-leader Tariana Turia either.

He did not want to leave the Maori Party.

Flavell said  it was not up to him to decide whether Harawira had a place in the Maori Party.

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