Increased vigor or other superior qualities arising from the crossbreeding of genetically different plants or animals. Also called heterosis.
Pita Sharples was thinking about standing down as leader of the Maori Party as the pressure to make a change builds beyond his ability to hold on, but even the MP leadership must know that Te Ururoa represents little more than a fresh slap of paint onto a damaged political brand.
The decision to sit at the table with John Key after he has sold the table shows the vast separation between the Party leadership and its members. The Party knows it is falling to pieces and has lost much credibility hence the unseemly scramble on display now. That so many former and current members have reached out to Hone to retake the leadership shows how rudderless the Maori Party have become.
What Hone is offering however is a political hybrid vigor. His statement shows he isn't interested in leading a Maori Party, he is interested in leading a MANA-Maori Party, a political movement that focuses on those who are losing out from free market ideology.
The problem is that the Maori Party leadership are wedded to National and the right wing policy that comes with that marriage of inconvenience. They either decide to recast the die and reform by walking away from National with Hone calling the shots as leader or they become swept away by the flow of history come 2014.
Forgiveness and unity are strong themes that run deep within Maoridom, whether it is enough to create a new political force remains to be seen. My gut feeling is that the MP leadership can't swallow their pride to allow Hone in to save them. It will be interesting to see how voters react to their stubbornness.