25 Jan 2013

Death throes of party seen by Peters

9:46 am on 25 January 2013

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says the Maori Party is at risk of dying based on its latest power struggles.

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell is challenging Dr Pita Sharples for one of the party's co-leader positions.

Former Maori Party MP Hone Harawira, who now heads the Mana Party, has also said he could lead a united Maori political movement.

Mr Peters said on Friday problems with leadership in the Maori Party were always inevitable.

He told Morning Report the party was formed based on grievance without any economic plans for the country.