The Maori Party is happy to go along with some forms of institutional racism.
Indeed, it encourages them and will excoriate critics who suggest they be got rid of.
It all depends on the nature of the outcome and who are the beneficiaries.
Winston Peters spotted a few of the Maori Party’s favoured forms of racism early this year (and for his troubles was denounced by the Maori Party, the greenies and the lefties).
Mr Peters, speaking at Ratana Pa, says his party would never support “separatist” Maori Party policies such as having separate Maori units in prison, the separate Maori social welfare system Whanau Ora and the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag.
Mr Peters says he could not work with the Maori Party as long as it keeps “separatist” policies.
“You can’t have a Crown that’s composed of two different groups – the rest and Maori. Either we’re all together or we’re all going to be separate,” he says.