Maori Party wouldn't say no to New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd joining ranks
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says outgoing New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd would be welcomed as a potential party candidate.
This week Judd revealed to Maori Television's Native Affairs programme he didn't know what his post-mayoral future looked like, but didn't rule out a chance to stand as a Maori Party candidate in the New Plymouth electorate in the 2017 general elections.
Flavell confirmed he had had no formal talks with Judd about his future plans, but said he would be an asset if he did choose to put himself forward.
"Mayor Judd is renowned for his passion of Māori issues, the history of Parihaka and Taranaki. His abilities could be beneficial if he was to come on board," Flavell said.
"The Māori Party haven't confirmed any candidates at this point. But I don't have any issues if he wants to put his name forward. If he does, that would be great."
Flavell worked with Judd to present his petition to Parliament calling for a law change to establish Maori wards on every district council in New Zealand using similar rules to those used for setting up other local government wards.
However, the Maori Party would focus on Maori electorate seats throughout the country before deciding on the party list or general seats for next year's election.