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MIL OSI – [caption id="attachment_5158" align="alignleft" width="200"]New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Ron Mark. New Zealand First Deputy Leader, Ron Mark.[/caption] The New Zealand First party has confirmed that its caucus has voted Ron Mark as the new deputy leader. Mark’s appointment takes effect from today (July 3) . Out-going deputy, Tracey Martin, remains in caucus as a New Zealand First MP. The party issued a statement this morning confirming:

A vote on Caucus positions was planned for March 2015, but this was overtaken by the Northland By-election and an additional MP coming into Caucus.

Four weeks ago Caucus decided to hold a number of elections as follows:

1.     A vote for the new position of Associate Whip, to be held a week later.

2.     A vote for the positions of Leader and Deputy Leader on Tuesday, 30th June.

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position.

Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus.

Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July.

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It stated: “As is the practice of New Zealand First following a General Election a vote is taken at an appropriate time for Caucus positions.  The vote is always taken after MPs have had some time to familiarise themselves with both their roles and their colleagues.” Shortly after, Tracey Martin issued a public statement congratulating her replacement Ron Mark. “I look forward to having a positive and productive working relationship with him as part of a strong and democratic Caucus,” Tracey Martin said. “Together we will continue to take the party forward and make positive changes for the people of New Zealand. Over more than two decades I have been working with the party and as an MP, however, with my new office opening in Warkworth I’m now even better placed to provide help and support to local Rodney people with local issues. “I am passionate about education and challenging the government to improve the system for the benefit of all New Zealanders,” Tracey Martin said. – -]]>