October 15, 2014
Centrist push challenged
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei is keen to see a Maori woman running the Labour Party.
Ms Turei has welcomed the entry of Nanaia Mahuta into Labour's leadership race.
She says the Hauraki Waikato MP is the party's longest serving Maori MP.
Her presence alone is a direct challenge to the party's push to some imagined centre.
"This idea that you talk to mainstream, supposed mainstream or middle New Zealanders by hassling so-called special interest groups – what they actually mean is Maori and Pacific Islanders and women – is just rubbish and I think she should challenge that and she should challenge the party on that," Ms Turei says.
She says Turei says leadership is about service and sacrifice rather than self-aggrandisement.
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