Topics: Elections/Kōwhiri, Politics

Doubt sets in as to whether Cunliffe will remain as Labour's leader

By Heeni Brown

David Cunliffe was in his cave today, but he couldn't hide from the general feeling in Parliament, and that is, it isn't a question of whether or not Cunliffe will be dropped, but when.

Te Kāea went to Labour's Māori caucus to gauge whether or not there is still support for the beleaguered leader.

Kelvin Davis made sure to flick past the headlines regarding his Labour Party's leadership controversy.

He says it doesn't even matter who the leader is, he's more worried about making sure they retain their Māori voters.

The gagging of members on leadership issues will remain in the minds of many.

Despite this, members like Meka Whaitiri and Louisa Wall agree, a review of Labour's greatest defeat is needed.

We were unable to reach the head of the Māori caucus, Nanaia Mahuta today, but her colleague Kelvin Davis says, while the party has many issues to resolve, he says the Māori caucus is strong. 

Kelvin Davis says, “We have a great relationship, we want to work together for Māori, to better represent Māori.”

I asked Labour's Māori members, if the time came, would they put their nomination into the hat to become the next leader.

However the general response was to strengthen their presence in the Māori seats and make sure the seats are never lost again.

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