Articles tagged pita-sharples

Parliament adjourned for the year after an extended session through the morning and early afternoon to 'clean up' a variety of bills before the end of the year. The year ended with a spirited adjournment debate, albeit without the respective National and Labour leaders, who were attending Nelson Mandela's remembrance ceremony. This Bill English line roused his own troops the most: "Talking to the Greens about the economy is like talking to Jack the Ripper about community safety."

Steven Joyce unveiled the 'New Zealand Story' package of online resources for exporters to promote New Zealand, Metiria Turei lodged a Privileges Committee complaint against John Banks over his SkyCity conflicts, Winston Peters called the Aratere a lemon, Pita Sharples announced reforms to refocus a "thinly-spread" Te Puni Kokiri, Paula Bennett trumpeted the return to work of 7,000 beneficiaries and the Commerce Commission told Allan Hawkins' finance companies to stop repossessing stuff.

Sharples resigns as Maori co-leader Pita Sharples resigned as Maori Party co-leader, but said he would stay on as a cabinet minister until next year. He told reporters voters in the Ikaroa Rawhiti who rejected the Maori Party had told him the last year's leadership struggles had undermined support. There was some chatter about an early election, but John Key rejected that talk.