Maori Party Leadership

October 17th, 2009 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports on the organisational leadership of the :

Maori Party president Whatarangi Winiata’s plans to retire from the post today appear to have been scuttled after several people within the party asked him to stay on.

Dr Winiata had announced his intention to stand down at today’s annual general meeting in Auckland.

He is two years through his three-year term, but had proposed resigning to allow his successor two years in the position before the next election.

Asked if he had changed his mind, he said he had been approached about it and would stay on if the membership decided it was the best option.

He would wait to hear what the meeting wanted before deciding.

The party’s co-president, retired Maori Land Court judge Heta Kenneth Kingston, was tipped to succeed him.

Dr Winiata has led the party wing of the Maori Party since it was formed in 2004 and having him stay on will help the party’s stability.

The party also has a challenge ahead with its parliamentary leadership. At the 2014 election, Turia will be 70, and Sharples 73. I would expect both will retire at that election.

That means they need to have their successors in place at the 2011 election, and they may struggle to find people of matching profile and mana nationally.

The most high profile current MP is , but Hone is not seeking leadership and would be an unlikely one. Some say his wife Hilda would be an excellent Leader, but is Parliament ready for two Harawiras?

is considered able to potentially step up if he lifts his profile in the next few years. But even if that happens, the Maori Party will still need a new female co-leader and unless they pick up the final two seats off Labour, no way to get them into Parliament in 2011.

Claire Trevett also has a very insightful article on the two current co-leaders and their strengths and weaknesses.

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6 Responses to “Maori Party Leadership”

  1. MikeNZ (3,234 comments) says:

    hopefully the seats will be scrapped by then anyway.

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  2. billyborker (1,102 comments) says:

    One can but dream …

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  3. big bruv (13,296 comments) says:

    Would a “Par-key-ha” party receive the same sycophantic repeating from the Herald?

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  4. Michael E (274 comments) says:

    The big challenge in replacing Tariana and Pita is that they are the only party in Parliament with more MPs than they are propotionally entitled to. They can’t pick a candidate and give them a high list placing to ensure they will be there. Nor can they jack-up retirements of list MPs to get a leader from outside Parliament parachuted in.

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  5. jabba (280 comments) says:

    I have come to believe that a maori party is a good idea .. wtf I hear you say. The alternative is that Labour would get those seats back, as long as the seats still exist of course.

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  6. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    What is it about NZ that allows geriatric MPs to hang on years after they pass their use by. in addition to the two mentioned you have Anderton, Dunne, and Douglas all relics of a by gone era- now Winston Peters wants to come back.

    Time to get some younger MPs in there.

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