Kate Chapman at Stuff reports:
The Maori Party 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
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.