Kate Chapman at Stuff reports:
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia’s successor may be identified at the annual Ratana Church celebrations this month.
MP Te Ururoa Flavell says he will be “comfortable” taking over the leadership after Turia announced in December that she would stand down at the 2014 election to spend more time with family, including the granddaughter she and husband, George, raise.
Her announcement leaves the party at a crossroads as it struggles to retain support.
Press secretary Kaapua Smith-Purkis and former MP Rahui Katene have been touted as potential leadership replacements, but neither has strong links to Turia’s Te Tai Hauauru electorate.
It will be interesting is those two are the candidates, as Smith-Purkis blogged in late 2011:
The Maori Party have been reduced by one, losing a fierce and staunch representative in Te Tai Tonga – Rahui Katene. As a perpetual student of politics, I see her as one of the most hard working MP’s in parliament, and arguably the best representative that Te Tai Tonga has had in my generation.
The other issue of interest is how they transition from Sharples to Flavell.