The Herald reports:
Ron Mark is New Zealand First’s deputy leader after caucus members voted to dump Tracey Martin from the position.
Leader Winston Peters issued a statement confirming the change this morning, ending speculation that had swirled around Parliament all week.
The fight for the deputy position is seen as important in terms of an eventual successor to Mr Peters.
A vote on caucus positions was planned for March, but was delayed after the Northland byelection and Ria Bond joining as the party’s 12th MP.
Caucus voted on Tuesday and elected Mr Mark as deputy leader, with effect from today.
Very tough on Tracey who has been a loyal and hard working MP for NZ First.
Mr Peters, who is currently travelling to Tonga, was believed to have supported Ms Martin.
Like Colin Craig, Winston is discovering he doesn’t have sole ownership of his party.
Note I reported this outcome yesterday. My sources were correct.