yes..really..17,000 members and counting..
those who have sneered at the political potential of the maori party will be gulping over this one..
as has been reported here previously the maori party have been networking like there is no tomorrow, with the powerful message of questioning the treatment of maori by the major parties, and that this is the opportunity for maori to grasp the oportunities proffered by mmp..
the reaction to winston the pretenders’ courting of the maori vote using this same message shouldn’t be forgotten..
and as has also been noted here previously tariana turia is no winston peters, in that she will not reward support from maori by selling them down the river..
(the rise of the maori party is yet another unpredictable thread in what is developing into a fascinating election campaign..)