Maori Party leadership

March 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Kate Chapman at Stuff reports:

The is considering three leaders after a failed leadership bid by party whip Te Ururoa Flavell.

Co-leader Tariana Turia has described it as akin to having no leader at all. …

Professor Winiata’s suggestion was that the co-leader model be scrapped and each of the party’s three MPs be given responsibilities.

It would likely see Dr Sharples taking over within Parliament, Mr Flavell with the party’s grassroots and Mrs Turia sticking with Whanau Ora. Dr Sharples and Mrs Turia would retain their ministerial portfolios.

The best tweet on this idea came from Marcus Cook:

Breaking; Maori Party to trial having no leader. Cites Labour Party as example

Heh.

Dr Sharples has repeatedly refused to step aside. “The bottom line is I’m prepared to lead us until I’m dead; I mean forever,” he said yesterday.

Not a useful statement. The best leaders are those who aim to achieve a few things during their time at the top, and help train up and mentor their successors.

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19 Responses to “Maori Party leadership”

  1. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    That party formed around two really outstanding leaders, but their second tier people seem to be nowhere near the same calibre, and when they go the whole thing will falter and probably collapse to a shadow of its former self.
    [Kind of an Act party model rather than a Labour party one… :-P ]

    Pity, this whitey thought Sharples & Turia were a pretty positive force in Maori politics, and they certainly appeared to be leading the race discussions in a better direction than any of their predecessors.

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  2. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    Where’s Manolo?

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  3. YesWeDid (1,050 comments) says:

    What a joke.

    I can see some merit in the co-leader arrangement but making everyone a leader is the same as having no leader.

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  4. Tristan (63 comments) says:

    When you are making the Mana party appear organised and lucid you are doing something wrong!

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  5. MajorBloodnok (361 comments) says:

    “The bottom line is I’m prepared to lead us until I’m dead; I mean forever”

    Shades of Hugo Chavez (and others). Not a good sign.

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  6. graham (2,346 comments) says:

    Very true, Tristan.

    However I think it will take a HELL of a lot more than this to ever make the Mana Party appear lucid!

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  7. Cunningham (845 comments) says:

    Sharples sounds like Mugabe with that statement!

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  8. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    Hone smelled a rat

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  9. PaulL (6,040 comments) says:

    No, I think it’s someone else you have in mind if you believe that until you’re dead = forever. Immortality anyone?

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  10. Mark (1,489 comments) says:

    This is a party with a very limited future one has to suspect. Tariana Turia seems to be the only one acting with any dignity through this shambles. Expect Labour now that Shane Jones is back in the fold to go after the Maori seats with real commitment as the means of unseating national and denying them a coalition partner.

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  11. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    ..the fact that all 3 of them would then each draw the “party leader” salary package + perks would not be part of the reasoning?

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  12. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    In days gone by, there were many Maori leaders who were able to lead simply because they had the neccesary mana, through sheer presence. Men like Sir Apirana Ngata, leaders who knew how to lead.

    These were people who had managed to develop their leadership skills well away from the fracas that currently surrounds our parliament. Real leaders, people who did not aspire to lead, but were naturally adept as leaders, and took these skills with them in to the real world. For a model of leadership amongst Maori, we need look no further than Lt Col Sir Gerry Mateparae.

    But in the Maori Party, as in the Greens, and to a lesser extend the Labour Party, we have three groups with a flawed leadership model, in that there is no readily identifyable leader, or if there is one, his position is considered tenuous at best. Of course NZ First also have thier own leadership issues, albeit of a somewhat differing form.

    But with no leader, ho cannot have direction, or a rallying point. You cannot always govern by consensus, sometimes someone has to take responsibility and stand up for something.

    That is the central failing with the multi-leadership models as espoused by the Greens and the Maori Party. It’s not about sharing the burden of leadership, it’s about abrogating the responsibility!

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  13. bringbackdemocracy (428 comments) says:

    Sharples sounds like his snout is permanently stuck in the trough and he doesn’t want to take it out.

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  14. Manolo (14,030 comments) says:

    Apparently the unashamed througher Sharples got a mortgage to pay with the proceeds of the baubles of office.
    Wild horses will not prevent him from collecting a juicy salary well over his very modest intelectual abilities.

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  15. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Three leaders?

    How very tribal.

    Popcorn.

    When Sharpes was asked if the thee work together well, he replied something like “Ah, well, we don’t exactly hate each other”

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  16. OneTrack (3,218 comments) says:

    “Three leaders?

    How very tribal.”

    Not to forget sexist in that they “must” have a female co-leader. I thought the sexes were equal so we didn’t need special roles just for woman. But now they are talking two male and only one female co-leader and that wouldn’t be fair. So they must chose a second female co-leader.

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  17. Longknives (4,858 comments) says:

    Anybody know how roughly much Sharples earns? (Bearing in mind he spends more taxpayer cash on travel and perks than ANY other Politician)

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  18. Rodders (1,755 comments) says:

    The bottom line is I’m prepared to lead us until I’m dead

    In contrast to Winston who will continue to lead NZ First after he is dead.

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  19. Warren Murray (313 comments) says:

    I think it is a little sad, the Maori Party has provided stable support to a National led govt for two terms, arguably more successfully and less troublesome than Act. And Harawira watches and waits while the Maori Party digs its own grave. Who would have thought Turia would have had the wisdom to see the need for a succession plan? It seems the Maori Party won’t survive beyond the generation hat established it.

    Meanwhile, National’s chances of a third term aren’t getting any better its lacks coaliton partners die one by one. Winston’s sinister shadow looms…..

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