NZ First is claiming that there are no divisions in the party after Ron Mark tipped Tracey Martin out of the deputy role.
New NZ First deputy leader Ron Mark has denied there are divisions in the party.
Mark talked to TV3’s The Nation about the vote on Tuesday that saw him replace Tracey Martin as deputy leader, with a three-day wait before it was announced.
He denied there were any divisions within NZ First or that anyone had abstained from the vote.
“Nobody abstained, and the fact that that’s even a conversation is absolutely quite bizarre,” he said.
Mark said that Martin had done good work, but the vote was a “democratic decision”.
When asked about when the party might need to start thinking about life without Winston Peters, he said the NZ First leader was “yet to peak”.
“Mark my words, he hasn’t finished yet, and if anyone thinks that Winston Peters is finished, all I’d say is smell the coffee.”