Apr 13, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Party co-leader to stay on

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(TV3)Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples hasdismissed rumours hewill stand down as Maori Party co-leader,telling Te Karere he intends to lead the party into the next election.

It was widely speculatedDr Sharpleswouldfollow Tariana Turia’s lead,who had said they should both stand aside in 2014 tomake way for a fresh leadership duo to take the party into the future.

DrSharpleshas this afternoonquashed those rumours, saying he wouldnt pass onthe role ofco-leader to Te Ururoa Flavell.

Late last year MP Tariana Tura had called on him to step down to lead the way for the next generation to take up the mantel.

The movehas been labelled amissed opportunity for generational change by political commentator and blogger Morgan Godfery.

What they need to do is move with the electorate – and the electorate is becoming increasingly young, he told RadioLIVE.

He says Maori Party MPs will come under increasing pressure in their electorate seats, especially Dr Sharples who has a slim majority of just 750 in Tamaki Makaurau.

What Dr Sharples is doing is really solidifying the idea that the Maori Party is the kaumatua Party.”

2 thoughts on “Maori Party co-leader to stay on

  1. I will be standing to contest the Tamakimakauru electorate in 2014…my third attempt standing as an independent candidate….stood in 1999 in Taitokerau and 2008 in Tamakimakauru…..as keen to participate to make a difference for the advancement of socio-economic interests amongst Maori women because if she succeeds and makes positive gains then so will her whanau whanui and hapu katoa…..nga mihi

    1. Nga mihi nui Marama! Please feel. Free to send up your bio and related materials, would be happy to post it here! Mauri ora!

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