Is he jumping or being pushed?

TVNZ says Pita Sharples will happily stand down as co-leader so new blood can come in.

TV3 has a different slant:

. . . it seems the Maori Party do not want Dr Sharples as co-leader any more and  his position will come up for grabs.

The male co-leadership will be contested by Te Ururoa Flavell – the only  other male MP in the Maori Party.

Sharples said before the election that this would be his last term and it makes sense to hand the co-leadership over in plenty of time for his successor to make his mark.

But being happy to stand down is not the same as not being wanted, so is he jumping or being pushed?

UPDATE: The Dom Post says internal struggles are plaguing the Maori Party but offers nothing in the story to back that up.

Could it be the media trying to find conflict where none exists?

 

One Response to Is he jumping or being pushed?

  1. pdm says:

    I think Turia’s reaction when questioned on TV1 last night was a clear indication of strife in the Maori Party ranks – she was not happy.

    National will find it a lot more difficult to deal with the Maori Party without Sharples there.

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