Māori Party president resigns, calls on leaders to do the same

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan has resigned and is urging the party's co-leaders to do the same.

Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox remain in their positions after the party's disastrous election result.

Ms Fox says she'll do whatever party members want.

"I'm happy to represent our people, if they want me to be there," she told Newshub.

"But if they want someone else - someone new, someone younger - then I'm happy for that as well, because I'll still be here and supporting those people to come forward."

Ms Fox says the entire national council of the Māori Party has stepped down to enable fresh leadership to come through.

The Māori Party gained just 1.1 percent of the party vote at the election and all seven of its Māori electorate candidates were beaten by Labour.

Mr Flavell was defeated in the Waiariki seat he had held since 2005, losing out to Labour newcomer Tāmati Coffey.


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