Live Chat: Pita Sharples

Pita Sharples has been the co-leader of the Maori Party since its formation in 2004. He is also the MP for Tamaki Makaurau - the Maori seat covering Auckland.

And today he us here at Stuff to answer your questions.

The Maori Party is fighting for survival this election as many supporters feel it sold out over the last three years during its governing relationship with National.

Following a acrimonious split with Hone Harawira earlier this year, the party really needs to retain its current four seats.

Sharples is the current Minister for Maori Affairs and signed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People on behalf of the Government. His party also fought for the replacement foreshore and seabed legislation.

Now here's your chance to ask him whatever you like. Send your questions to or post them in the live chat screen below. The event will get underway at about 10.45am.

Check out Stuff's other live chats with the minor party leaders: Greens' co-leader Russel Norman,  NZ First's Winston Peters,  Hone Harawira of the Mana Party and ACT's Don Brash.