Maori Party president Pem Bird will stand down from the party at next week’s party conference.

News that Bird, who became president in 2010 will not seek re-election, comes a day after Pita Sharples announced he would stand down as co-leader at the conference.

Bird, the principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau in Murupara, said today he had informed the party’s national council five to six weeks ago of his intention to stand down.

He was surprised it had taken so long for the news to get out and the timing was a coincidence.

Ka wehe atu te perehetini o te Paati Maori a Pem bird mai i tona turanga hei te wiki e tu mai nei e karahuihui ai nga mema puta noa no te Paati.  No te tau ruamoano tekau ka eke a Bird ki te turanga perehetini mo te paati heoi ano kei te hiahia ia ki te whe, whai muri hoki i te karere ka heke mai a Pita Sharples mai i tona turanga kaiarahi i te Paati.  Ko Bird te tumuaki o te Kura Kaupapa Motuhake o Tawhiuau o Murupara, a, i puta hoki ona hiahia kia wehe mai ia mai i te paati e rima wiki ki muri.  Me tona he ohoreretanga, kua penei te roanga o te karere e puta ana ki te katoa.