Marama Fox has formally resigned as the Co-Leader of the Māori Party. Fox’s resignation follows the announcement that her consultancy business, founded after her ousting from Parliament during the 2017 election, has entered liquidation and that she now owes over seventy thousand dollars, including forty thousand dollars to an independent Rotorua Travel Broker.
Māori Party President Che Wilson indicated that Fox’s decision to step down was as a result of the need for Fox to focus on “issues related to her private business” – specifically the financial situation that Fox is in.
Many MPs, including Dancing with the Stars competitor and ACT Leader David Seymour, National Party Co-leader Paula Bennett and current Justice Minister, Andrew Little, paid tribute to Fox and her time in parliament.
Marama Fox’s resignation now leaves a vacancy for both a male and female co-leader of the Māori party.