December 11, 2017
Regrets but no apology as Morgan resigns
Tukoroirangi Morgan has fallen on his sword after leading the Maori Party to electoral oblivion.
In a newsletter to party members Mr Morgan said he was resigning as president immediately, along with vice presidents Su Cullen and Bayden Barber.
He called on party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox to do the same to allow fresh talent to step up.
In a long and rambling dissertation, he said the party was not prepared for the electoral outcome, in which it lost its seats.
He blamed Mr Flavell’s loss of Waiariki on what he described as deliberate misinformation about Te Ture Whenua reform, the ongoing scrap between Tauranga Moana iwi and Hauraki and excitement about Labour‘s new leader Jacinda Ardern.
Mr Morgan stood by his decision to form an alliance with the One Pacific Party, even though it did nothing to increase votes.
He also failed to mention the endorsement he secured from King Tuheitia, which was supposed to turn the tide for the party, particularly in Hauraki Waikato.
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