October 15, 2014
Mahuta wanting caucus discipline
Hauraki Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta says the Labour leadership contest can't be about ego.
Ms Mahuta was a surprise late entrant yesterday, lining up at the last minute with Andrew Little, David Parker and Grant Robertson.
She says the election result showed that even though Labour only got 25 percent of the vote, it was able to retain its supporters in the Maori electorates, South Auckland electorates and among ethnic groups.
While she's considered an outside chance, Ms Mahuta is the longest-serving MP in the line-up, and says numbers will change over the next month.
"This time it cannot be about egos, it must be about the challenge ahead of us. We have the result that we didn't want, that requires us to ask serious questions of ourselves. We are undertaking a review of the election outcome. I think the challenge confronting us is more than leadership, it is about caucus discipline, it is about connecting with voters who may have turned our way, but, simply didn't for whatever reason," she says.
Nanaia Mahuta says voters won't ask Labour to lead the country until they feel the party can lead itself.
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