December 04, 2012
Peters wants MPs above reproach
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Māori seeking high office need to be beyond reproach.
Mr Peters yesterday sacked Brendan Horan from the caucus after receiving documents relating to a family row, which concerns money allegedly missing from his late mother’s bank accounts.
He would not reveal the information he had about the Maniapoto list MP, but says he did his duty.
Mr Peters says politics means setting high standards and meeting them.
"You’ve got to be beyond reproach. No matter what they might do and how they might attack you, you've got to be above it all. That's the way you will succeed in the end, not by kowtowing and calling things racist but by setting higher standards which our kuia and kaumatua in the old days would do. That's the standard you've got to perform to and you can't compromise, you can't say let's have some aroha about this, forget that, you've got to be what we were when we were great people and we still can be," he says.
Winston Peters says Brendan Horan came in to parliament under the cloak of New Zealand First and should go when the party tells him to.
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