It was always about leadership

January 24th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Kate Chapman at Stuff reports:

Mr Harawira said he had been approached by members around the country who were keen for him to take over.

“Clearly they’re in dire straits right now, their membership has just dropped through the floor.”

Mr Harawira quit the Maori Party ahead of the 2011 election following perpetual infighting.

There would be ground rules to the proposed merger – Mr Harawira wants be the leader and the Maori Party would have to end its relationship with National.

At the time Hone left the Maori Party, I said it was more about the fact he wanted to be the Leader, than anything else. I think this confirms it.

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19 Responses to “It was always about leadership”

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

    An interesting view on the Maori Party (and Mana).

    The Maori Party generally more or less appears to be a “dead” or “dying” party now.

    The downfall of the Maori Party clearly started by going into a support agreement with a National led government, and to somehow at least passively “agree” to a range of controversial policies, naturally also to amend the law affecting foreshore and seabed matters.

    Mana is supposed to be a new, inclusive “Left Party”, but most know, it is primarily led and organised by and through Harawira and his closest supporters. Yet he always wishes to emphasize, that Mana stands for the rights of Mana PLUS others, e.g. Pakeha, negatively affected by bad right wing policies.

    Maori Party support has dropped and they will struggle to get voted back into Parliament, since Tariana has announced her retreat. Sharples is just too much of an old power loving hanger-on now, as one must seriously question his ability to influence the decisions of the government he supports, and is member of as a Minister. Flavell made a challenge, but Maori Party leaders are too scared now to see it through.

    Hence again, my conclusion is that not just is Labour in a situation where it is struggling to find a “new way” as a “left” or at least “left of centre” party, Mana is also about to fall to pieces, given Harawira’s newly revived true aspirations.

    Maori Party will soon be “dead”, I would expect, at least no more than a party in a similar situation as ACT is in now.

    More: “Maori Party…dead or dying”

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

    This Emmerson cartoon is appropriate here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10861070

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  3. pq (728 comments) says:

    Yes, and the closer we get to reality, the closer we get to John Key looking at the only real possibility.
    NZ First.
    That is unless NZ Nat are prepared to lift Conservative party into parliament.
    Act finished its life with Rodney and the Brash saga.
    None of us can afford to think of the madness of Green Labour coalition, so it time to come to terms

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  4. kowtow (8,935 comments) says:

    Long past time now to be rid of the race based seats.

    No grounds for them at all now.

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  5. Chuck Bird (4,891 comments) says:

    I had a laugh when Hone said he could work with anyone?

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  6. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Sharples & Turia took race-based politics in a very positive direction (IMHO) by choosing to work constructively with the “Pakeha” National Party instead of perpetuating the victim/enemy mentality.

    Harawira on the other hand is a proponent of racial hatred and that is about all he is. It is hard to see how his ideas can do any good for anyone, bros or white motherfuckers alike.

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  7. BeaB (2,164 comments) says:

    Mind you, the fags and booze could carry Winston off and Key could sew up a deal with the ragtag NZ First group of numpties.

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

    BeaB – one can, ah, ponder possibilities, but not sensible to plan one’s re-election strategies around that happening. He could still be campaigning with a zimmer frame and drip.

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  9. Manolo (14,165 comments) says:

    Let’s hope the disintegration of the racist Maori Party continues!
    The sooner, the better for NZ.

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  10. hubbers (146 comments) says:

    Hone has delusions of likability

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  11. Griff (8,419 comments) says:

    The vote for NZ first was nothing more than a protest vote at national.It is clutching at straws to think those that voted for the pin striped drunkard would vote the left into power. The only reason they risked voting whinny was they were positive the Nats were in and the protest vote was not going to allow the fruit loops into power

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  12. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    pq

    When you’re next licking Winston’s balls, would you mind asking him when he is going to repay the $158,000?

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  13. Manolo (14,165 comments) says:

    Oh no. The subject is taboo, even for the venal Peters’ arselickers.

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  14. Viking2 (11,668 comments) says:

    thedavincimode (4,334) Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    pq

    When you’re next licking Winston’s balls, would you mind asking him when he is going to repay the $158,000?
    ——————————–

    That’ll be right after the labour theives return their $600 k then.

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  15. pq (728 comments) says:

    thedavincimode (4,334) Says:
    January 24th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    pq
    When you’re next licking Winston’s balls, would you mind asking him when he is going to repay the $158,000?

    Da Vinci, and others
    this above comment is silly, I am an activist entirely to get NZ First to refuse any association with Labour Green, and we have a good chance of doing this. we will not vote for Winston NZ First, if we think he will join Labour.
    There is little time. Grey power have gone a little left. We can not afford a crazy Labour Green Government.
    It will not be easy.
    I personally do not think the 7% votes NZ First will transfer to a Labour Government

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  16. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    pq
    Read Michael laws book ”the Demon Profession” to learn of Winston’s sympathies.

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  17. Rodders (1,756 comments) says:

    …or alternatively, read Michael Laws’ book ”the Demon Profession” to learn of his own self-obsession.

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  18. pq (728 comments) says:

    all I am saying people is get real, we have NZFirst 7%,
    what is the problem, what damage can we do, get real what damage
    get real, I told you before this is numbers game:
    do you have Maori, do you have Maori, hahahh who do you have,
    do you want to suck Labour,

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  19. pq (728 comments) says:

    NZ First 7% think about it. thats all I am saying

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