The Maori Party leadership hui

April 9th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The held a hui on the 17th of March, in Huntly, to try to resolve the leadership issue between Sharples and Flavell.

It was chaired by , who declared that there was no consensus for change. What has not been reported is that there was overwhelming support for Flavell to succeed Sharples as co-leader, but after the seven electorates voted, Tuku closed the meeting and declared that anything other than unanimity did not represent consensus.

I’ve been informed by someone credible who was at the Hui, that five of the seven Maori electorates voted that Flavell should succeed Sharples at some stage before the election.

Flavell won the votes of Hauraki-Waikato, Te Tai Hauāuru, Te Tai Tokerau, Te Tai Tonga and Waiariki.

Sharples was supported by Ikaroa-Rāwhiti (his whakapapa) and Tāmaki Makaurau only.

Many of those in attendance were flabbergasted that the moment the vote was declared, Tuku closed the meeting unilaterally declaring there was no consensus. If the Hui had been allowed to discuss the ramifications of the 5-2 vote, it is possible a compromise or succession plan could have been agreed upon.

Sharples’ latest attack on Flavell from China (to do so while part of a trade mission has some journalists saying it is a very bad look), accusing him of blackmail has dismayed many who know that there is a limited window of time for the Maori Party to work out a compromise, or risk losing some of their seats at the election.

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20 Responses to “The Maori Party leadership hui”

  1. kowtow (7,943 comments) says:

    Maori Party leadership,who eh?

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    The trouhger Sharples will be dislodged only when he goes feet first.
    The parasite will stick to the baubles of office, something he never considered possible in his mediocre and pedestrian life.

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  3. Chris2 (768 comments) says:

    What are the implications for National if Flavell succeeded Sharples as leader?

    At the next election would Flavell continue to support his party remaining in coalition with National? Or would he support a Labour/Green’s Government?

    [DPF: As I understand it, they consult their members on any coalition deals]

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  4. Silly Will Bunions (143 comments) says:

    Goodbye Maori Party. Your brief racist time is up.

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  5. Alan Johnstone (1,082 comments) says:

    The Maori party only support National now because national could govern without them.

    If the Maori party had a choice, it would put Labour into office every time.

    Recently I’ve been wondering if Labour trying to win back the Maori seats is a good idea for them, I’ve came to the conclusion that it really isn’t; if they were smart, they’d just go for party vote and let the MP have the seats.

    With 7 brown Epsom’s and their overhang Labour could govern for ever. Pride doesn’t let them do it though thankfully.

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  6. graham (2,284 comments) says:

    The problem is, whether or not you feel we should have/need/desire a “Maori Party” or not, there are obviously others who do feel the need for one. So if the Maori Party self-destructs, what’s left to fill the void? Labour? Not on current form? So what does that leave?

    Mana?

    Seriously, is that what we want?

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  7. greenjacket (436 comments) says:

    Destructive inter-Maori bickering. Tuku Morgan involved. What a surprise.

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  8. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    but after the seven electorates voted, Tuku closed the meeting and declared that anything other than unanimity did not represent consensus.

    Tuku is being consistent here. The belief is that because one is Maori, the usual rules do not apply.

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  9. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    If the Stone Agers can have the contemptible Tuku Morgan as “leader”, then they deserve every bit of misfortune that comes their way. On the other hand, Silk Underwear Tuku must be living the life of Riley.

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  10. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    Big Chief “I was entitled” Tuku weighs in eh?

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,830 comments) says:

    Tuku Morhan, eh?

    Once a crook,always a crook.

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  12. dime (9,663 comments) says:

    only one hui?

    is this because they couldnt get extra funding?

    or because no one gives a shit?

    usually hui’s take forever and they have to travel all over the place.

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  13. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    This is an internal party planning hui dime so presumably party funds they already have, have to pay for it..

    Tuku Morgan is a Maori ™ through and through, he seems like an odd fit IMHO in a party with the likes of Sharples and Turia who seem to be genuinely about doing some social policy work to help Maori kids out…

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  14. OTGO (525 comments) says:

    “accusing him of blackmail” Ha. They’re not good enough to be black. I’d call it brownmail more like.

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  15. Pete George (23,326 comments) says:

    “The Maori Party leadership hui”

    Typo. Shouldn’t that be: The Maori Party leadership hooey?

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  16. GDNZ (2 comments) says:

    Interesting that Flavell says he would quit because Waiariki is a “safe” seat. Last election Annette Sykes was only a few thousand off him and Mana was almost equal in party vote. I’d hardly deem it safe.

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  17. Shazzadude (521 comments) says:

    Alan Johnstone is correct. The Maori Party have the reverse position to United Future, who would choose National everytime unless National isn’t possible.

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  18. Lucy (32 comments) says:

    So happy Pita Sharples true colors are showing now. The love affair with the public and the journalists and the bloggers are over. He is acting in a greedy, selfish manner – couldn’t keep it hidden for long.

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  19. Steve (North Shore) (4,522 comments) says:

    Fight you bloody Moaris. What a power trip you are on.

    Opps, funds are low, let’s make another claim.

    What a bunch of disgusting, lazy, dependent, excuse for a human you are

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  20. The Devils Advocate (4 comments) says:

    Greed, Greed and more Greed. Why is it that maori settlements have achieved so little?. It’s because none of the claim settlements makes it down to the average maori on the street. Tribal leaders are being given control of settlements without any conditions to distribute them equally among the tribes members. Nga Tahu is a classic example where 67 members of the tribe receive salaries of over $100,000 dollars a year there are 3 directors who divide up $1.79 million and the rest of the tribe get virtually nothing. You can see most of the lower class tribal members living on the dole and plying the streets for pocket change from ordinary citizens. It’s no wonder why UN reports claim that not enough is being done to improve by New Zealanders to elevate maori from crime and poverty, It’s no wonder why your average maori on the street still believes that they are hard done by. Something needs to be done by us to ensure that any compensation is equally divided among all of the members rather than only for tribal elite.

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