McKenzie wins Te Tai Hauauru selection

December 8th, 2013 at 12:49 pm by David Farrar

Radio NZ report:

At a hui in Whanganui the party selected Ngati Raukawa treaty negotiator to contest the seat held by co-leader Tariana Turia who retires next year. Mr McKenzie has worked in Mrs Turia’s office.

McKenzie has been working for Turia as her senior advisor. Prior to that he was managing director of Raukawa Management Services and lead negotiator for the Raukawa Trust Board. he was originally a teacher, but moved into business and has just completed an MBA.

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19 Responses to “McKenzie wins Te Tai Hauauru selection”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,811 comments) says:

    He’d never have a chance in any Labour pre-selection.

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  2. ChardonnayGuy (1,169 comments) says:

    But is Tariana Turia’s mana and local charisma transferable to her successor? We’ll have to see next year.

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  3. smttc (710 comments) says:

    CG rhetoric interpretation: The seat is Labour’s by right once Turia goes.

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,811 comments) says:

    Labour’s by right? Really?

    And when were such rights granted?

    And who is the union official drone being put up by Labour?

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  5. OneTrack (2,750 comments) says:

    And who is the FEMALE union official drone being put up by Labour? There. fify.

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  6. NK (1,102 comments) says:

    The seat is Labour’s by right once Turia goes.

    No MP has a “right” to a seat. What an arrogant attitude.

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  7. Jaffa (82 comments) says:

    What’s the MBA?

    Maori Bullshit Award?

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  8. smttc (710 comments) says:

    Adolf/NK, you missed who the comment was aimed at.

    I will use the sarcasm tag next time.

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  9. NK (1,102 comments) says:

    OK. Me dumb.

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  10. niggly (812 comments) says:

    Looks like he has some good managerial and governance skills and would be ideally placed to advocate his electorate interests with the Govt etc.

    I guess Labour will stuff up the opportunity to advance the economic interests of the electorate by instead installing as their candidate a person “of the people”, do the dirty on the Maori Party, win the electorate seat and as a result see the electorate go absolutely nowhere!

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  11. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    This poor bugger is paying three times the price for a chair on Titanic’s deck.
    Nobody cares about the racist Maori Party these days.

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  12. smttc (710 comments) says:

    I do not really understand why Maori voters have become so disaffected with the Maori Party. Aside from confidence and supply, the MP hardly ever votes with the Government. It seems they are only in it for what they can get for Maori. That aside, they may as well be an adjunct to the Labour Party and this being the case, I say good riddance. The sooner their demise the better.

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  13. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,811 comments) says:

    smttc

    Woops, sorry about that.

    Confidence and supply? That’s all that matters.

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  14. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    It seems they are only in it for what they can get for Maori. That aside, they may as well be an adjunct to the Labour Party

    I thought our first racial supremacist party came out of Labour ?

    The hate filled Klarken beast came in telling us how she would mend the rift with Maori and put things right. She fucked that up royally, causing the anti-white hate group to form. It was not even safe for Klarken to attend Waitangi day celebrations such was the loathing they had for Klarken.

    It gets worse…

    The Klarken beasts other promise was to close the gaps between rich and poor. A matter of particular interest to Maori. Blessed with a fortuitous economic boom across the Western world (not her doing) Klarken had all the tools at her disposal to close those gaps. Instead what it did was create the biggest gap in the history of NZ, which had previously enjoyed an egalitarian country without such extremes.

    By the time the dozy and apathetic electorate lumbered into consciousness it was too late. The money was all spent on reckless election bribes, creating a bloated public service lead by lesbians and feminists, and other social engineering projects. National was left with a terrible mess and a country full of people with their hands out.

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  15. s.russell (1,578 comments) says:

    Stuff reported on Friday:

    LABOUR is poised to choose the grandson of former Western Maori MPs Iriaka and Matiu Ratana and a descendant of the Ratana movement founder to stand in the Te Tai Hauauru seat.
    Nominations closed yesterday and Adrian Rurawhe confirmed he had thrown his hat in the ring.

    He is expected to be the only name put forward.

    He is the great-grandson of Ratana movement founder and prophet Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana.

    With his strong connections in the church and the electorate he has boosted Labour’s hopes of winning the seat held by retiring Maori Party co- leader Tariana Turia.

    Mrs Turia has held the seat since 2002. She quit Labour over the foreshore and seabed issue and won a by-election in 2004.

    Mr Rurawhe, 52 and single, said he grew up in a railway house in Taihape.

    He had helped with Mrs Turia’s campaign for Labour in 2002 and later worked in her office.

    “We are related. She’s a cousin of my mum’s . . . Like a lot of others I was not happy with what happened over the foreshore and seabed issue. I did follow Tariana Turia into the Maori Party, ” he said.

    But he did not think it had worked out “the way it was supposed to” and he stepped out of politics in 2005 and his membership lapsed in 2008.

    He was chairman of Te Runanga o Ngati Apa and worked fulltime for the iwi, including on its Treaty settlement that was completed in 2011.

    Mr Rurawhe is business manager at Te Atawhai o Te Ao, an independent Maori Research Institute for environment and health.

    He rejoined Labour at the start of this year but had been approached to put his name forward in 2012.

    The Ratana family links are on his mother’s side, while his father was a railway engine driver and his grandfather worked in the railway workshops in Whanganui.

    The Maori Party will select its candidate to replace Mrs Turia on Sunday.

    Labour will choose its candidates for Otaki, Wairarapa and Tauranga next weekend.

    It would appear that he has been recruited and chosen for name recognition. Period. Just like Tirakatene in Te Tai Tonga.

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  16. Alan (1,073 comments) says:

    Why would Labour want to win these seats? It’s crazy, surely far better to let the mp have then and create and an overhang and govern with their support. It should be a brown Epsom and Labour should pursue a party vote strategy.

    If Labour had lost the south island Maori seat last time round, the increased overhang would have removed the majority in the house for asset sales.

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  17. MH (669 comments) says:

    The MacDonalds will nae be pleased, with a McKenzie a take’n o’er.

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  18. Maggy Wassilieff (310 comments) says:

    @ MH…. we forgave them 300 years ago…..
    ( nee Maggy Macdonald)

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  19. Paulus (2,542 comments) says:

    With the retirement of both Turia and Sharples I expect that all Maori seats will revert to Labour.
    They have been stalwarts to the recent politics of New Zealand, and by sensible political favouring, and getting a great deal for Maori.
    Labour will not give the new Maori Labour seat holders the same respect.
    Backward steps only, and more division.

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