Tamihere for Auckland

March 30th, 2010 at 7:25 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Auckland City Mayor John Banks’ campaign team is distancing itself from suggestions of an unusual alliance with former Labour Cabinet minister if Mr Banks wins the mayoral race.

Mr Tamihere’s team had sounded out Mr Banks’ team on the prospects of Mr Tamihere becoming deputy mayor of the new Super City if Mr Banks got the top job, TV3 reported last night.

Mr Banks’ communications adviser, Scott Campbell, later confirmed an approach was made. But he said Mr Banks did not intend to make promises about any appointments.

“We would encourage John Tamihere to stand for the position of mayor. Auckland deserves a contest of ideas and he would have a lot to offer the .”

My gut instinct is John Tamihere would have a very good chance of winning a seat on the Auckland Council. He should bolt in, in a Waitakere seat, and his profile is high enough that he probably could win an at large seat, if they had kept them.

While Banks is not promising anything, it seems obvious that Tamihere is positioning himself to support Banks over Brown, despite their joint Labour heritage.

To some degrees Banks wins either way. If Tamihere just stands for Council, he will have Tamihere’s implicit endorsement which broadens his appeal. If Tamihere stands for Mayor, he is likely to pick up significant support from West and South Auckland, but relatively little from Rodney, North Shore and central Auckland – which should also benefit Banks.

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15 Responses to “Tamihere for Auckland”

  1. wreck1080 (3,999 comments) says:

    I could not listen to Willy without Tamihere, so hope Tamihere sticks to the radio.

    One question I had, is how could Michael Laws find time to do a radio show ? Surely he does not get enough time being MAYOR!!

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  2. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    But don’t forget Brown’s ace up his sleeve…. Sue!!!!

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  3. Michaels (1,233 comments) says:

    wreck…… I guess Michael Laws doesn’t spend his entire time in the pub.

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  4. Jadis (146 comments) says:

    The thing I don’t get is that JT openly despises Banks, especially over the Huljich issue. Why would he want that association, aside from backing what he thinks might be a winner? Seems more likely he is after the free initial publicity before announcing his real intentions.

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  5. James Stephenson (2,266 comments) says:

    Jadis – my thought would be that JT knows he has no chance of being the “Left” candidate for mayor at the moment, but a successful stint as deputy would see him very well positioned for that next time around…

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  6. dad4justice (6,594 comments) says:

    May be JT could tame the jaffa Amazons who are running amuck in the city of snails?

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  7. MikeMan (173 comments) says:

    JT + Banks is a great ticket. Across party lines and inclusive. JT knows that Banks will step on his crank once elected and then who moves up?

    From Banks point of view JT running for anything splits the left vote and basically ensures he will be mayor.

    Something for everyone.

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  8. tvb (4,554 comments) says:

    Tamahere is an ambitious politician who initially supported Labour because he thought he would have a secure parliamentary career with them. That is until he realised the Labour Party do not like ambitious maori – they should be quiet and on welfare as far as the Labour Party is concerned. So he has moved steadily to the right. But there is an instability there like Winston Peters – a conflicted person – who cannot resolve the head and the heart.

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  9. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    Auckland deserves them.

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  10. Positan (396 comments) says:

    Bang on TVB.

    Surely the expectation of competent, non-emotive leadership should transcend every other consideration when seeking to select the best person for the job. While a tad extreme, the Winston Peters comparison is valid – far too often Tamahere seems to be self-steered by irrelevance – a trait that would almost certainly impact adversely on Auckland and Aucklanders.

    On the plus side, I don’t think he’d compare to Andrew Williams – but that’s hardly a workable or sale-able criterion.

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  11. dime (10,213 comments) says:

    im surprised Labour isnt too right wing for len brown.

    god help us if he becomes mayor

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  12. Pongo (374 comments) says:

    It would certainly make the campaign a bit more lively, I fail to see how anyone could possibly vote for Len Brown except that they dont want Banks. JT would make an excellent Mayor, as long as he doesnt have Willy as an advisor.

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  13. emmess (1,398 comments) says:

    So long as Tamihere drops his support for race based seats on the Auckland Council, it’s a good idea

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  14. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Great News – Andrew Williams is going to stand for Mayor of Greater Auckland, not put himself into rehab, which he needs. Should cheer Len Brown up too!!!

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  15. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I’m happy enough to have JT on the council or DM .. I did hear that mad Matt McCarten is involved though and he is a total left nutjob

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