Topic: Politics

Opposition looks to capitalise on Māori Party woes

It's been dogged by leadership squabbles and like always in politics, it has rival MPs trying to make up for lost ground.

As rain falls upon the Māori Party, it seems the sun is shining on Labour.

The Opposition's seeking the Māori seats in the upcoming General Elections and they're using the latest dramas as fuel.

Labours Shane Jones, says “We are seeking to gain all the seats, but I'll be honest, Te Ururoa is great, but the disadvantage is that Tari and Pita are too tight with National's bench.”

Indeed, Shane Jones is the newest member backing Te Ururoa Flavell as leader, a position disputed for five months now,  amidst this very public squabble, it's being asked, is this the beginning of the end?

Parekura Horomia says “They're responsible for the split but we know that this is what happens in parties but it's up to them to agree or disagree.”

His colleague, Jones says, “Te Ururoa is tough. I'd think it would be hard to oust him, as for the Māori Party, their time is over.”

However, we should take those comments with a grain of salt as he's Pita Sharples' main rival in the Auckland electorate.

Considering that there were only 800 votes separating the two at the 2011 Election, Shane Jones is probably looking for a little pay back.

He says “as the election day gets closer, then I'll be sharpening the knives.”

Politics is a battlefield, and it's only those with strength who will survive.

Reporter: Maiki Sherman.