There were no surprises when Winston Peters was re-elected leader of New Zealand First unopposed.
The man and the party are almost one and the same thing and there would be no question of dissension
But this morning’s Politik newsletter Richard Harman, who is usually well informed, suggests that Peters might be about to depose Ron Mark as deputy in favour of Fletcher Tabuteau.
The waka jumping legislation hasn’t been passed yet.
If Mark was sufficiently unhappy with show of no confidence in him he could leave the party and still stay in parliament.
That would mean he’d no longer be a minister though and he could well find that too high a price to pay no matter how upset he was.