Te Ururoa Flavell
The Maori Party will move to change its vote on Labour
MPs Sue Moroney's Paid Parental Leave today after a voting
blunder late last night resulted in National casting the Maori
Party's three votes against it.
All three of the Maori Party's votes are critical if the bill
is to pass, although Finance Minister Bill English has said
he will veto it at the final reading anyway.
The Maori Party has taken responsibility for the stuff-up,
which happened after the Party's Whip Te Ururoa Flavell was
called back to his home because it was believed his daughter
had gone into labour with his first grandchild.
It turned out to be a false alarm and Mr Flavell will return
to Parliament today. He will seek leave to change the vote
today and is understood to have obtained permission from all
parties in Parliament. That will mean Ms Moroney's bill can
proceed to its next stage.
Mr Flavell had contacted the Speaker and was given
compassionate leave so his vote could still count, but there
was a communication breakdown with National. Its junior whip
Tim Macindoe instead cast the Maori Party votes as opposed to