Story: Tōrangapū – Māori and political parties

Māori Party co-leaders, 2008

Māori Party co-leaders, 2008

Māori Party co-leaders Pita Sharples (left) and Tariana Turia sign a confidence and supply agreement with National Prime Minister John Key in 2008. The Māori Party was formed in 2004 following the resignation of Turia, then a government minister, from the Labour Party. The Māori Party won four seats in the following general election, and it gave its support to National-led governments in 2008, 2011 and 2014.

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Ann Sullivan, 'Tōrangapū – Māori and political parties - National, New Zealand First, Māori and Mana parties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36749/maori-party-co-leaders-2008 (accessed 22 February 2020)

Story by Ann Sullivan, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 18 Jul 2016