March 20, 2013
Leader for life unusual says NZ First
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Māori Party's leadership struggle is straining its credibility.
He says the proposal put up by former president Whatarangi Winiata of giving all three MPs a leadership role means the party wouldn't be able to come up with the quick responses needed in parliamentary politics.
Even more extraordinary was Māori Party Co-leader Pita Sharples' statement that he was ready to lead the party until he was dead.
“It's unusual for a New Zealand politician to say that they’re going to do their job until they die. That’s the kind of thing that you hear out of Africa and that people are made presidents or premiers for life. That’s not what we do in this country. I think this Māori Party's got problems,” he says.
Winston Peters says he would find it hard to work with the Māori Party because of its continued support for a National government that harms the interests of its constituents, but he can't see it surviving past the next election.
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