Turia says Sharples should stand aside for Flavell

December 21st, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

This is a very significant story. Claire Trevett reports:

co-leader has called on her fellow co-leader, , to step down and hand over the reins to MP , despite Dr Sharples’ plans to stand again in 2014.

And Mr Flavell is considering not standing again in 2014 if Dr Sharples does not give up the leadership, saying he is not sure whether he wants to wait around until 2017.

I think the writing is on the wall. Of course Sharples will be 73 at the next election.

Mrs Turia will stay on as a minister but is open to handing over the co-leadership earlier. This week she told Waatea News Dr Sharples should follow suit to make way for Mr Flavell – the natural successor for the leadership, who had been expected to take over by 2014 until Dr Sharples decided to stay on.

“The leadership role is not about being a minister,” Mrs Turia said. “Being the leader of a political movement is something quite different. There is absolutely nothing stopping Pita from continuing to be the minister.”

Here’s what I would do if I was the Maori Party.

  1. Have Flavell take over as co-leader from Sharples at some stage before the election
  2. Have Sharples continue as a Minister
  3. Line up the desired new co-leader to replace Turia to stand in Te Tai Hauauru.
  4. After the 2014 election, if Maori Party in position to be Ministers have Sharples and Flavell as Ministers.
  5. Have new female co-leader focus on party leadership, rather than being a Minister
  6. Line someone up to succeed Sharples in Tamaki Makauru in 2017.
  7. Have Sharples stand down as a Minister in 2016, allowing female co-leader to step up as a Minister

I regard Flavell as a smart parliamentary operator, and think he would be a very competent Minister.

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15 Responses to “Turia says Sharples should stand aside for Flavell”

  1. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    What??? you expect an old maori leader to step aside for the next generation? are you crazy?

    Maori never do this. The lazy old thieving buggers hang on to the last.

    Look at guys like Tuku etc. The never consider anyone but themselves.

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  2. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    It will take a lot for the old racist trougher Sharples to relinquish his position.

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  3. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    Thank god Hawawira is no longer in the Maori party, otherwise he would have been trying to take over the leadership to get a Ministerial position

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  4. Alan Johnstone (1,087 comments) says:

    The article assumes Sharples retains his seat in 2014.

    I don’t think that’s a given anymore; he beat Jones by around 900 odd votes. The Greens and Mana got 4,200 votes between them.

    This is a toss up.

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  5. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    They should dump the Co Leader nonsense for a start. It’s not part of their culture, and it’s hardly leadership.

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  6. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    LOL. DPF the Maori Party strategist.

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  7. rg (214 comments) says:

    Why can’t he be co leader with Sharples. This nonsense about a male and female co leaders is sexist and in fact I would say illegal. It is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex when selecting someone for a job yet that is exactly what the Greens did when they selected a female co leader. One presumes if Turiana retires and they need a co leader they too will break teh law and select someone on the basis of their sex.
    The only tow sexist parties on parliament are the Greens and Maori.

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  8. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    This is bad news for National and shows the Maori party is disintegrating. At the last election the Maori party got 1.4% of the vote. Nationals other support parties did worse; Act 1.1% and United 0.6%.
    Today all three would get even less. National could very easily be “Nigel no mates” in 2014.

    The only positive is the Conservative party which got 2.7% in the last election (enough for 3 seats) and continues to poll as New Zealand’s 5th largest party.

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  9. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Yes, National must be wildly excited about the prospect of being beholden to Colin Craig.

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  10. SPC (5,644 comments) says:

    Anyone remember the Conservative Party policy to have no income tax below the minimum wage – and advertising to those over 65 how much of an increase this would result in for their super?

    More expensive than all the promises of Labour and Greens combined and Craig claimed to be a fiscal conservative.

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  11. SPC (5,644 comments) says:

    From nurturing Ohariu and Epsom MP’s and their parties as National Party vassals to nannying the Maori Party – why cannot National find allies that can stand on their own two feet and be self-reliant. These hand-outs to failing parties is not good market policy, it’s a form of corporate cronyism.

    And as evidenced by history, none of those dependent on this National protection go on to do well.

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  12. Johnboy (16,722 comments) says:

    Flavell should resign himself to being Co-Leader with all the other Murri’s who hate the Pakeha! :)

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  13. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    I’m in agreement with Alan Johnstone @ 2:07pm – I think Sharples is in real danger of losing his seat. With the asset sales/water rights fuss this year, there will be a return to Labour with the Maori seats in the next election.
    Hone will retain his seat of course – the Mana party might as well be called the Hone Party!
    Maybe 2 seats for the Maori party?? Flavell and possibly Turia’s replacement.

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  14. Johnboy (16,722 comments) says:

    The Murri party were just waiting for bc’s assessment before they made their announcement on what their future plans were! :) :)

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  15. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    This is bad news for National and shows the Maori party is disintegrating.

    And the sooner, the better for NZ.

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