January 04, 2018
Gaps to fill before Maori Party rebuild
The Maori Party has reopened nominations for leadership positions after no nomination was received for the co-leader tane role.
Kaitaia doctor Lance O’Sullivan has publicly considered seeking the role but has not formally declared so far.
Te Uruoa Flavell, who is stepping down for the position, says the co-leader appointments will be made by the executive after the February 17 AGM.
The ousted Waiariki MP, who is acting as transitional manager, says with Tukoroirangi Morgan standing down as president before his term expires the party needs a complete new team at the top.
Vice presidents Sue Cullen and Bayden Barber, as well as secretary Amokura Pahoho, are also not seeking re-election.
Applications close February 2.
To ensure continuity the party has introduced a new requirement that candidates must demonstrate electorate support by showing they have the support of 25 confirmed financial members.
It will be the first time in the party’s 13-year existence that it does not have a sitting MP on its national council.
Mr Flavell says for that reason the council wants more time to consider the role descriptions of the two co-leaders, tane and wahine.
As soon as a new president has been elected, the national council, three electorates or 200 financial members can call for a Special General Meeting to elect the co-leaders.
In the meantime, the party intends to attend the Kokohinau Marae Poukai neat Te Teko on Sunday January 14 to formally acknowledge the support of Kingi Tuheitia in the election.
The AGM will be at Tangatarua Marae at Toi-Ohomai polytechnic’s Rotorua campus.
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