Willie Jackson won't run for Mana Party

14/09/2011

By Duncan Wilson

RadioLIVE host Willie Jackson has confirmed he will not be standing for Hone Harawira's Mana Party in the Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate seat.

Jackson, who was rumoured to be standing, says his decision is down to the political climate in Auckland.

"One of the main reasons why I'm not standing is that I'm very clear that my vote will come from Dr. Pita Sharples. If I stand, Dr. Pita Sharples stands and Shane Jones stands, then I am pretty sure that Shane Jones will be delivered to Parliament," he said at the start of his RadioLIVE programme.

"I don't want Labour back in the Māori seats."

Listen to Willie Jackson's full statement here.

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