Maori Party speak through both sides of their mouth over ACT
Maori, Mana hit back over Act adverts
Don Brash admitted that the headline in the advertisement was a 'moderate version'. Photo / Supplied
The Maori and Mana Parties have hit out at Act's newspaper campaign, saying it is deeply offensive and calling leader Don Brash a dinosaur who has no place in politics.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia said on Saturday that the campaign was deeply offensive, not in the interests of New Zealanders "and we will not be wasting our time in commenting further".
Last night, however, her co-leader Pita Sharples issued an open letter to Dr Brash.
"You once again bring the Maori people's aspirations into contempt and ridicule. Your views are not only inaccurate and ill-founded, but are totally out of tune with middle New Zealand's ideals and aspirations for our country.
"It is clear that since your exit from Parliament, you have learnt zilch about fostering an inclusive culture to take our nation forward," he said.
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira said in a statement addressed to Dr Brash: "Your attempts to boost Act in the polls by riding on the xenophobic fears of Joe Bloggs in the street will not work this time round.
I'm sorry, what? How on earth can the Maori Party be taken seriously over this issue? They are on record as saying that they will work with Don Brash! It is for this VERY REASON that Mana can not trust them to not cut a deal with John Key and Don Brash.
It is the Maori Party's farcical position that they can work with ACT that makes them politically irrelevant at the election and with David Farrar finally accepting that the election will be a 1 or 2 seat majority and not the 50% majority the cheap telephone brainfart polls are still proclaiming is a reminder to all those in Mana that there can be no deal with the Maori Party if the result is to hand a win to John Key and what now is an openly racist ACT Party.