July 14, 2014
Choice of three for female leader
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says the party will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a new female co-leader.
The party rules say the co-leader needs to be chosen within three weeks of the election, and she should come from the parliamentary wing of the party.
The party’s three female candidates, Ngaire Button, Susan Cullen and Marama Fox, all face strong competition from their Labour opponents.
Mrs Turia is still upbeat about their chances of winning, and even if they don’t the party need look no further for candidates.
"I’m utterly confident in those three women. I don’t believe that there is anyone outside of parliament that can do a better job than any one of them. They’re very different to each other but they’ve all been leaders in their own right so they are going to step up and they are going to do a really good job. I think we’re spoilt for choice," she says.
Mrs Turia says the election is about whether Maori want a distinctive voice in parliament or if they want Maori MPs who will be controlled by others.
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