The rumbles about Nanaia Mahuta’s impending defection appear to have taken on a more solid form over the last 24 hours. Richard Harman at Politik has the gossip
The Maori Party says it is ready for a by-election in Hauraki-Waikato if the current Labour MP, Nanaia Mahuta resigns from Parliament early.
There was speculation in Wellington last night that she may be ready to resign, possibly within the next few weeks.
Maori Party President, Tuku Morgan, says he can understand why.
“The rug has been pulled out from under her by the King (Tuheitia) regarding his withdrawal of support for the Labour party,” he said.
“That’s the game changer.”
Ms Mahuta has indicated she is considering resignation.
Over the weekend she told TV3’s “Marae” programme that the question “gets asked every three years” and any politician worth their salt should ask if they have done their time.
“I’ll make whatever decision I make based on the fact that I want to see a change of government.”
Morgan says Mahuta has been looking for a place at home, for some responsibilities at home “and that’s been on going for some time.”
“So I wouldn’t be surprised if she goes soon.” Read more »