Hone Harawira to hold meetings over the next 2-4 weeks about forming new political party.
Now I think the split between Harawira and the rest of the party is genuine. But there is a pretty great opportunity to use the Maori seats to rort the system: if you had two Maori Parties, one that ran electoral candidates in six out of the seven electorates and only canvased for electorate votes, and another that had a safe seat in the seventh electorate and only canvased for party list votes in the other regions then you could, conceivably, end up with a dozen MPs (albeit with some overhang due to your electorate imbalance) and hold the balance of power in perpetuity.
Or could you? Is this a valid scheme or is this me failing to understand the mechanisms of MMP?