#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: Maori party co-leaders not going to Fiji

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Maori party co-leaders not going to Fiji

The Maori Party says it will respect a decision by Prime Minister John Key to stop any Government ministers going to Fiji.

But co-leader Tariana Turia says backbench MP Hone Harawira may still join a Maori delegation to Suva.

Mr Key says it's important the Government speaks with one voice on the situation in Fiji and it would be unacceptable for a minister to visit there.

Mrs Turia says it is the Prime Minister's prerogative to approve or decline applications by ministers to travel overseas.

But she says his directive is "probably not" mana enhancing for the Maori Party.

Mrs Turia says the delegation being discussed is based on whakapapa relationships, and would promote dialogue and understanding, not conflict - Radio NZ

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