Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox pleads guilty to drink driving

Former Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox has pleaded guilty to drink driving after appearing in court on Wednesday.

Fox was caught in Hamilton in November driving over twice the legal limit, testing at 593 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath.

At the Hamilton District Court on Wednesday, duty lawyer Mitchell Staub asked the magistrate to not to enter a conviction as Fox wanted to be discharged without conviction.

Fox quit as leader of the Māori Party after racking up unpaid debts of over $87,500 from a failed consultancy business.

A list of Marama Fox's debt.
A list of Marama Fox's debt. Photo credit: Newshub

The consultancy had a big idea - it aimed to buy up vacant land in Masterton, and put affordable homes for Māori on it.

However Newshub's investigations found the money never came through and no land was ever purchased. On top of that, her consultancy could not pay the debts.

Fox admitted "there were some bad decisions and some naivety on my part".

She will be sentenced when she appears in court again on February 4.