Maori leaders called to talks after Key veto

“Down boy, heel”, is what John Key has apparently told Pita Sharples when he announced he wanted to travel to Fiji as part of the Maori delegation. While he may legally have the right to do so it only goes to show how far up John Key’s ass the Maori Party leadership has managed to wedge themselves.

Prime Minister John Key was talking to Maori Party co-leaders last night to patch up a strain in the relationship after he bluntly vetoed Pita Sharples’ wish to travel to Fiji as part of a Maori delegation.

Mr Key yesterday exercised his prime ministerial veto against Dr Sharples’ plans to visit Fiji – a change of mind from Sunday when he said Dr Sharples could go in a personal capacity, or as leader of the Maori Party.

Maori Party MP Hone Harawira is now likely to go instead and the delegation will be led by the party’s president Whatarangi Winiata.

Dr Sharples and Tariana Turia said last night they accepted the Prime Minister had the right to make the decision and they would abide by it.

However, Mrs Turia said it did not mean the party agreed with it.

‘What I think is he’s asserting his right as Prime Minister to say yes or no. He does have the right to do that. I don’t have to agree with it, but I do accept it.”

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