3 May 2011

Harawira not up to it - Samuels

6:35 am on 3 May 2011

The man ousted from the Tai Tokerau electorate by Hone Harawira says the MP does not have the temperament to lead a political party.

Dover Samuels says forcing a by-election is a stunt to raise the profile of Mr Harawira's new Mana movement, but it will do nothing for Maori in the electorate.

Mr Samuels says the veteran protester is too much of a one-man band and if he does not learn to compromise and negotiate, then he will ultimately fail.

But Rotorua lawyer Annette Sykes says attempts to paint Mr Harawira and his backers as uncompromising are misguided.