Hone has just been suspended from the Maori Party caucus by press release. Pita and Tariana have had enough and they’re cutting him off in parliament – which surely can only be a prelude to him being cut off at party level as well.
Presumably that’s a “no” to Te Tai Tokerau’s request for more meetings to resolve the matter outside the discipline process. And I’m sure we can all guess what the Disputes Committee is going to decide.
So, what’s Hone’s next move? He was very cuddly with the Greens at the weekend, there’s still those New Left Party rumours and a lot of the locals would no doubt like him as an independent, not constrained by any caucus…
And is all this at National’s request?
What’s your guess?