An email leaked to 3News suggests that Rodney Hide is holding the government to ransom over denying guaranteed Supercity representation for Maori.
The email – reportedly from a senior National Party MP and sent to the whole caucus – reads, in part:
Clearly we are at a crossroads. The ACT party has threatened to end its relationship with National if we allow Maori seats on the super city. Despite multiple arguments in support, its mind cannot be changed.
Consequently I believe the issue is too far reaching and too important for a party presently sitting at 1 percent in the polls to decide alone.
The question remains: Will National have the guts to do what’s right or simply cave to threats from Hide?