December 12, 2017
Royal blunder costly for party
Former Labour Party national councillor Rudy Taylor says Maori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan is paying the price for dragging the Maori king into electoral politics.
Mr Morgan has announced he has quit, along with the party's deputy presidents and he called on the party's co-leaders to step aside as well.
In his three-page resignation newsletter he said the party's constitution was unworkable, the party was far too bureaucratic and the relationship between the parliamentary wing and the executive during the eight months before the election was dysfunctional.
He blamed Jacinda mania for his party's electoral oblivion and there was no mention of King Tuheitia, whose endorsement was central to his election strategy.
Mr Taylor says the voters of Hauraki Waikato showed loyalty to their king has its limits.
"Tainui in themselves and Hauraki thought this is not right, (the king) should have a say behind the scenes but he should not be publicly addressing the support behind the Maori Party and I think that's why Nanaia Mahuta, who is now the minister, got a lot of support and a lot of people are now pointing the finger at the president of the Maori Party, which is Tuku Morgan," he says.
Mr Taylor says a party president needs to take direction from party leaders, not tell them what to do.
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