Speculation of in fighting and angst amongst members of the Māori Party was vehemently denied by Tariana Turia following a meeting at Ratana, which saw Te Ururoa Flavell challenge Pita Sharples' leadership role.
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While rumours of internal squabbling and challenges for leadership ensue for the Māori Party, its co-leader Tariana Turia denies there is any arguing or infighting going on.
The Māori Party co-leaders are expected to make their first public appearance at Rātana Pā next week, after a recent public spat over the party’s future leadership. Last month, Tariana Turia backed Te Ururoa Flavell as the future leader and suggested that Pita Sharples resign from politics. However today Pita Sharples said the leadership is not up for contention.