December 09, 2012
Henare drops run for speaker
The prospect of parliament getting its second Māori speaker has diminished.
National MP Tau Henare has indicated he may no longer seek the position, because the Māori Party has turned tail and broken a promise to support the bid.
Prime Minister John Key is sounding out MPs Maurice Williamson and David Carter to take the job when incumbent Lockwood Smith becomes High Commissioner in London.
Mr Henare hoped to get enough support from opposition parties and some of his National colleagues to win the role, but says the Māori Party support was critical.
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