Pita Sharples to quit politics

via ODT

via ODT

Claire Trevett Native Affairs has a nice scoop:

Pita Sharples will resign as the Maori Party’s co-leader tomorrow and will quit politics altogether next year.

Dr Sharples tonight told the Herald he planned to stay on as a minister and Tamaki Makaurau MP until the 2014 election. He would not run for Parliament next year.

The 71-year-old will stay as co-leader until the party elects a new leader, which he expected to happen at the AGM in Whakatane in a fortnight.

The Maori Party is most definitely falling apart.  Instead of the by-election being a wakeup call or a Call to Arms, it appears to have provided another nail for the Maori Party coffin.

Personally I have never forgiven him for stuffing up the Kahui Twins investigation by insisting Maori protocol precede the need for Pakeha justice.

In the end there was no Justice for anyone, and two innocent souls lie unavenged.

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