Te Tai Hauauru candidates

November 26th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Six candidates have put their hands up to replace co-leader Tariana Turia at the next election.

The seat which covers the western parts of the North Island has been held by Turia since 2002, but with her impending retirement, the party is looking for her replacement.

The nominees are Frana Chase, Rahui Katene, James Makowharemahihi, Christopher McKenzie, Amokura Panoho and Pakake Winiata.

Maori Party vice-president Ken Mair said hundreds of party members turned out at the Whangaehu Marae in Whanganui yesterday to hear the six nominees speak and to vote for their preferred candidate.

“We have an extremely talented line up of nominees and it is great to see so many smart, spirited and passionate people put their hand up,” he said.

I would have thought a female candidate is more likely as they also need a new female co-leader. ┬áBut of course the co-leader doesn’t have to be in Parliament.

Chase has worked a range of social sector roles such as health, justice and education and is a trustee of various Maori groups. She has seven kids.

Katene is the former MP for Te Tai Tonga.

Makowharemahihi is a JP and has been involved in the Te Kohanga Reo movement> He is a business owner and has held several board roles. Previously a social worker and policy analyst.

McKenzie works for Turia as a Senior Ministerial Advisor. A former treaty claim negotiator.

Panoho specialises in economic development and chairs NZ Maori Tourism. She sued Trevor Mallard and John Tamihere for defamation in 2004 which led to them corecting statements they made about her.

Winiata is the academic head of Te Wananga O Raukawa.

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5 Responses to “Te Tai Hauauru candidates”

  1. duggledog (1,417 comments) says:

    “Panoho specialises in economic development and chairs NZ Maori Tourism”

    Good to see the economic development as a priority, very good considering Maori regularly veto any economic development (currently oil exploration) often make a balls up with their treaty cash, won’t go to where the jobs are in their own country, and get foreign workers to man the fishing boats that were meant to supply jobs for the whanau

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  2. duggledog (1,417 comments) says:

    “Maori Party vice-president Ken Mair said hundreds of party members turned out at the Whangaehu Marae”

    How did they all get the day off? (See my post above)

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  3. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,815 comments) says:

    What a contrast to any list of Labour potted CVs. Not one union official among them. Goodness me, they all look like prospective National Party MPs.

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  4. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    ‘What a contrast to any list of Labour potted CVs. Not one union official among them. Goodness me, they all look like prospective National Party MPs.’

    I should think they all eat together with Nats at Bellamies as well.

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  5. Bad__Cat (139 comments) says:

    Note that none actually work (in private enterprise). All sucking at the public teat.

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