Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples says a New Zealand first staff member and a government minister tried to influence the way his party voted on the censure motion against Winston Peters.
Today Dr Sharples said he was “disappointed” over attempts to influence his party.
“I personally had two separate phone calls from a senior minister urging me to vote in favour of Winston, and suggesting that there would be unpleasant repercussions from Maori people if I didn’t,” he said in a statement.
“Both (fellow co-leader) Tariana Turia and myself were disgusted with this kind of activity, aimed at perverting the course of justice and fair play.”
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