New Zealand First goes into its conference this weekend more divided than usual.

The sudden resignation of party president Lester Gray for "moral reasons" suggests all is not well on the administrative side. His claim to have had "limited exposure" to party donations and expenditure hints at scandal ahead.

The battle to replace Gray also suggests internal division, with a Winston Peters loyalist, Kirsty Campbell-Smith of Rotorua, up against a more change-oriented candidate, John Hall of Manurewa.


The caucus is similarly divided. Roughly, there are those who expect a smooth transition in the years ahead from Peters to his