February 08, 2017
Calmer waters on offer for Jones
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is suggesting it could be easier for Shane Jones to join his party than recommit to Labour.
Mr Jones and another former Labour cabinet minister, Dover Samuels, attended a lecture on the pre-Treaty of Waitangi era delivered by Mr Peters in a Paihia church last Friday, giving fresh life to speculation about his political future.
Mr Jones told reporters he was there as a good Anglican, and would continue to serve as New Zealand's ambassador for Pacific development until his contract expires in May.
That's when Labour will confirm its list, with party leaders having promised to expend considerable political capital to get broadcaster Willie Jackson a high place.
Mr Peters says that has created strife in the party that could make a shift attractive.
"Well how can you change from a chaotic situation of the Labour Party's management to the calm and orderly process of a political party called New Zealand First just like that? The party organisation handles that. Me, I lead the political wing. I make sure our message and our philosophy and everything else are portrayed out there, but I don't handle matters like that," he says.
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