Sharples stands down

July 2nd, 2013 at 8:49 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Sharples is poised to stand down today as party leader though he will remain an MP until the next election.

The confirmed last night Sharples would be holding a press conference this morning to announce his decision about the leadership, but would not say more.

Sharples has been under pressure for months to stand down after co-leader Tariana Turia made it clear she considered it was time for a change.

He reportedly plans to remain an MP until the next election and to retain his ministerial portfolios.

Key this morning said he was “totally comfortable” with Sharples remaining a minister, though he was waiting to hear from the Maori Party about what decisions they had made.

This is the right decision (if reported correctly) for the Maori Party, as it solves the leadership issue – at least for the male co-leader. Ikaroa-Rawhiti showed voters will not support a party with uncertain leadership.

As Sharples is retiring from Parliament also, his seat of Tamaki Makarau will become more vulnerable to Labour at the election. However Flavell becoming co-leader will help secure his seat and I expect Turia’s sucessor to retain her seat – at least in 2014 anyway.

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26 Responses to “Sharples stands down”

  1. Paulus (2,298 comments) says:

    Should we now abolish racial parties, finally, and set a date to close the Waitangi Tribunal ?
    Farewell the Maori Party – Labour will take all the Maori seats except Harawira.
    The Maori Party have done the best ever for Maori, which is why Maori will kick them in the teeth.
    Maori are nothing without confrontation – great warriors remember.
    Shearer will be delighted as it will help him get a greater number of seats.

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  2. Manolo (12,637 comments) says:

    Nobody could lament or regret his retirement. Good riddance, I reckon.

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  3. Rick Rowling (776 comments) says:

    Ironic that Sharples has mana, and Hone doesn’t.

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  4. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    I know nothing of Maori politics, but I did see an interesting analysis of polling booths that suggested that Mana beat Maori
    due solely to exceptionally heavy polling for Mana in Wainuiomata and Gisborne.

    If this is correct, the Maori party disaster postulated by the embedded left wing idiots such as Q+A’s Johnasson and McCarten might amount to pre-ejaculation.

    I would not rule out a cunning labour plot in those two areas…but maybe that is too speculative

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  5. kowtow (6,717 comments) says:

    The right decision would be to scrap the Maori seats.

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  6. Lance (2,311 comments) says:

    Pita lives not far from me, and I see him quite regularly.
    I have to say he is a genuinely nice guy. Probably too nice to be in politics anyway.

    I wonder about those that will follow?

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  7. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    So will all those folks who want the idiotic Maori seats abolished will be telling the Constitutional Review Group just that?
    I shall.

    Talk here is free and off the cuff.
    Mouthing off over a reality that will not of itself change is pointless.
    Something serious takes more effort

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  8. nasska (9,549 comments) says:

    Flipper

    ….”due solely to exceptionally heavy polling for Mana in Wainuiomata and Gisborne.”….

    IMHO the Maori Party’s support has come from the Maori elite & their followers. Mana is backed by Maori who have less attachment to their tribal roots after migrating to towns & cities outside their tribal lands.

    Most of the latter haven’t received a fish finger from the massive payouts made to the new tribal aristocracy. It is small wonder that they are cool to a party that views them as little else other than vote fodder every three years.

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  9. Judith (5,660 comments) says:

    Sharples is or was very highly respected by the ‘baby boomer’ Maori population and I can’t see his standing down being at all popular with this large group, however, I don’t really understand the politics involved in the Maori party that makes it necessary for him to leave.

    I do think it will eventually see the end of the Maori party, and with that, any unification among Maori regarding politics, which raises questions about their continued provision of separate seats.

    Perhaps it is time for change – hopefully there is some information that can be sourced to understand the arguments for and against any change.

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  10. Alan Wilkinson (1,798 comments) says:

    Mana and NZ First have the moron vote wrapped up. If Maori and Mana merge the non-moron Maori vote will flee back to Labour.

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  11. David Garrett (5,150 comments) says:

    We are not going to see the end of the Maori seats any time soon – probably never. Key campaigned on the issue in 2008, got a mandate, and then promptly reneged on the pledge to abolish them. Barring an unexpected sharp right turn in NZ politics, abolition of this colonial overhang is very unlikely.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise should have a look at the item on Stuff this morning about the definition of “policeman” in an online Maori dictionary…and the cringing weak reactions to it. I am told the Deputy Dean of Canterbury Uni is a recently imported Scotsman who has a big “Honour Te Tiriti” sign on his office door, and wears a big fishook. That, sadly, is the way of the future.

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  12. flipper (3,273 comments) says:

    nasska…

    Cannot fundamentally disagree with you on that. Gisborne (well, Kaiti) is “ruled” by “Api-Invoice”, who sucks off the system and Ngati Porou to the point where he might now be one of the most wealthy in Maoridom. Wainuiomata, I do not know, but fish fingers sound about right.

    My point nasska was that out in the provinces the folks that call themselves Maori, are less inclined to back Hone. His housing “promise” that will never be delivered certainly got attention. But it is a socio-economic thing, is it not?

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  13. nasska (9,549 comments) says:

    flipper

    ….” But it is a socio-economic thing, is it not?”….

    Yes….that’s the way it is shaping up.

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  14. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Grant Robertson must be a happy chappy. They all have their day.

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  15. BeaB (1,958 comments) says:

    It is hard to credit anyone would vote for a party of Hone, John Minto and Sue Bradford over a party with Sharples, Turia and Flavell.

    If this is the leadership some Maori voters want, long may they remain on the Maori Roll so the rest of us are spared the appalling prospect of any of the Mana Party being in any position of power.

    Shearer should also consider being known by the company he keeps.

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  16. BeaB (1,958 comments) says:

    I am also surprised that anyone really cares whether there is a Maori Roll or not. It is a matter of choice so let those who want to vote on a restricted roll based on colonial notions of race, privilege and patronage do so.
    I am proud that National has so many Maori MPs elected on merit not on who their parents were.

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  17. OTGO (457 comments) says:

    Maori vote for the party that sticks it to the white man. At the moment it is Mana (a misnomer if there ever was one). If another party came along that stuck it harder, then that is what they would vote for.

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  18. kowtow (6,717 comments) says:

    here’s the link to that item DG referred to.Police and arse kicking.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10894193

    Everything is wrong with it,from a red haired English immigrant teaching her kids maori(grooming early for a public service position?) ,to the police valuing their relationship with maori ( how patronising) to the fact that that translation could ever be in a publication that one assumes wishes to be taken seriously, and that the taxpayer probably paid for.

    Then the whole thing is translated into maori,is this the Heralds attempt to show they are heeding whatever instruction goes out annually to the Aotearoa MSM to get on board or else?

    And it’s not just an insult to the police ,to encourage assaulting a constable executing a warrant or summons is really a contempt of court.

    The whole thing is contemptuous.When will New Zealanders demand an end to this tax payer racist farce?

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  19. artemisia (194 comments) says:

    Sharples is hanging on to his ministerial salary though. What a surprise. And if Flavell takes over some ministerial responsibility I guess he will get a pay rise as well.

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  20. graham (2,211 comments) says:

    BeaB at 11:15 am -

    It is hard to credit anyone would vote for a party of Hone, John Minto and Sue Bradford over a party with Sharples, Turia and Flavell.

    What stuns me is that there are some who are talking of Mana and Maori Party joining forces. Can anybody realistically see these two wildly different parties making a go of it? So far as I can tell, the only thing they have in common is that they purport to represent Maori. And that’s it.

    I cannot see the support base of the Maori Party happily agreeing to the radical activism of Hone, Minto, Sykes and Bradford shaping the party. Nor can I see the Mana supporters being happy about the way the Maori Party roll. Just can’t see it.

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  21. OTGO (457 comments) says:

    I can see merger between Mana and Maori. Hone will wait until he has enough support to be top dog then he could be asked by Maori to be their leader which is what he wanted when he was in Maori.
    As DG said John Key was given a mandate in 2008 to get rid of the Maori seats but once he allowed the Tino Rangitira flag to hang from the Auckland harbour bridge it was never going to happen.

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  22. jaba (2,069 comments) says:

    has anyone heard why Pita was so opposed to Flavell taking over?

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  23. kiwigunner (184 comments) says:

    ‘This is the right decision (if reported correctly)’

    So if reported incorrectly it would not be the correct decision?

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  24. Keeping Stock (9,791 comments) says:

    @ artemisia – Sharples is keeping his ministerial salary because he is still a minister. Whether you like the bloke or not, it’s only fair that he gets paid for the job he does.

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  25. Graeme2 (102 comments) says:

    Vote 1law4all or conservative in 2014 and lets finally get rid of race based seats.

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  26. ChardonnayGuy (1,024 comments) says:

    Flavell will probably secure his seat, but then he’s always been careful to keep some distance between himself on the one hand and Turia and Sharples on the other. The question is, can the successors in either seat retain them for the Maori Party, or was the chief drawcard the personal mana, charisma, perceived independence and competence of both existing co-leaders? And if the Maori Party loses both, will Flavell then decide to align with National in the event of ACT and United Future being wiped out in 2014?

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