Maori Party leadership

December 3rd, 2011 at 8:53 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Internal power struggles are plaguing the as it tries to finalise a coalition deal with National.

Party whip Te Ururoa Flavell is likely to take over the co-leadership from Pita Sharples in a special meeting in two weeks.

Having Flavell take over sooner rather than later makes sense as he will need time to build up profile.

What I find interesting is that Stuff has characterised this as an “internal power struggle” yet provided nothing to back up this assertion. My reading of the situation is that this is being done with the support of all Maori Party MPs, but I could be wrong. However nothing in the Stuff article talks about this being a hostile move against Sharples, so my suspicion is the opening sentence is sensationalism. If it is not, then it would be good to have more details.

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14 Responses to “Maori Party leadership”

  1. southtop (251 comments) says:

    You’re kidding right…..there is no basis whatsoever for the idea that NZ Media would be sensationalistic, marginally truthful and less than accurate; especially when it comes to NZ politics.

    insert Tui now

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  2. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    “However nothing in the Stuff article talks about this being a hostile move against Sharples, so my suspicion is the opening sentence is sensationalism.”

    Newspapers using sensationalist headlines?
    Newspapers making the news instead of reporting it?
    Newspapers deciding what the plebs should be fed?
    Newspapers framing the news?
    I am shocked — shocked— to hear that!

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  3. Doug (401 comments) says:

    And they say News of the World was crooked. The New Zealand MSM is catching up quickly.

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  4. homepaddock (408 comments) says:

    Patrick Gower also suggests conflict but offers nothing to back that up: http://www.3news.co.nz/Sharples-will-stand-down-as-Maori-Party-co-leader/tabid/419/articleID/235046/Default.aspx

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  5. Manolo (14,159 comments) says:

    Akin to a fight to buy a ticket on Titanic’s maiden voyage.
    The racist Maori Party is doomed regardless of who leads it.

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  6. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    @homepaddock
    That would be Patrick ‘I am a legend in my own mind’ Gower?
    John ‘dumb everything down to the lowest denominator’ Campbell’s little helper?
    A sub-zero self-proclaimed intellectual.

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2011/12/making-the-news-not-reporting-it/

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  7. trout (953 comments) says:

    An interesting interview with Pita Sharples yesterday. He opined that he would probably be Minister of Maori Affairs again, and that he would want the job (baubles of office?), and that there would be a leadership change (how he would remain a Minister while the Maori party leader would be outside cabinet was not explained) but that the change would need to be bedded in. Perhaps Flavell is just getting impatient (and would also like to share the ‘bauble of office’).

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  8. projectman (232 comments) says:

    If Patrick Gower says something, surely that is reason enough to discount or disbelieve it from the outset. He no longer has (if he ever had) credibility.

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  9. KevinH (1,253 comments) says:

    Stuff obviously doesn’t have an inside line or any idea at all on ther status of the Maori Party and are inventing stories to cover up their ignorance.
    Pita Sharples and the Maori Party executive had a meeting earlier in the work, also attended by Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell. It appeared to be a post election strategy meeting to map out the direction the Maori Party would take follow this term. Pita acknowledged that he was to step down this term and that fresh talent was to be promoted. Te Ururoa Flavell is tipped to succed him in his Maori Affairs portfolio and in his position as co leader. Tariana indicated she wanted to stay on as co leader.
    Whatever decisions the Maori Party take, the low 50% turnout of Maori voters was a kick in the guts to Maori Party aspiration. Losing Te Tai Tonga to Labour was equally devastating especially with the Maori vote heading back over to Labour. The Maori Party coalition with National is costing them big time and could probably lead to the demise of the party in 2014.
    Since Hone Harawira’s decision to leave the Maori Party and form Mana the maori vote has become divided with competing factions pushing through quite separate agenda’s. This will not be of any benefit to Maori who when times are troubled need to congress more to advance their interests.

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  10. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    I suppose this is of interest to the ‘Beltway’ folk, and as usual they delude themselves that people outside the beltway care.

    Am I the only person who had never even heard of this Te Urinary Flannel bloke until yesterday? who is he? how long has he been in Parliament?

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  11. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    It wouldn’t be a silly idea for Sharlpes to devote his time to Minister of Maori Affairs while handing over the co-leadership to Flavell, who would then have time to devote to party leadership transition.

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  12. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Love Paddy’s hairstyle – that’s all.

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  13. tvb (4,553 comments) says:

    Key should offer Flavell a Ministerial post as well perhaps something in Education and some other substantive portfolio relevant to his interests.

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  14. trout (953 comments) says:

    With 60 odd National MP’s, all with ambition, the idea of handing out 3 ministerial posts to the Maori Party would not go down too well.

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