Jones back Taurima

February 20th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Labour MP has gone into bat for , saying his chances with Labour should not be written off because of one mistake.

Mr Taurima resigned from his job at TVNZ on Monday after leaked emails to 3 News showed a Labour Party meeting was held in the TVNZ offices last August and Mr Taurima had spoken about winning the Maori vote at another Labour meeting in Auckland in January.

It emerged Mr Taurima was also considering standing for Labour in Tamaki Makaurau despite earlier assurances he had abandoned his political ambitions after an unsuccessful bid for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti selection. Labour leader David Cunliffe described Mr Taurima’s actions as a “lapse in judgment” and refused to be drawn on whether he had any chance of being a candidate, saying that was up to the selectors.

It was not a lapse, but multiple lapses. Being an activist in a political party while in a senior editorial role at TVNZ was the first lapse.

The second lapse was hosting a party meeting at TVNZ.

The third lapse was running a session for Labour on how to increase their vote, while in his TVNZ role.

The fourth lapse was having his staff use work e-mail addresses to organise Labour Party events.

The fifth lapse was having told TVNZ he had no further political ambitions so they would hire him again, and then planning to stand for Labour again.

Some in Labour said the party could consider extending the deadline for nominations beyond next Friday to give Mr Taurima more time to decide whether to put his name forward. A review by TVNZ is expected to take two to three weeks, and extending it could also ensure the outcomes of that were known before the selection.

It’s an excellent idea that Labour should bend the rules for him. what better way could they signal that they approve of his actions.

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19 Responses to “Jones back Taurima”

  1. Ashley Schaeffer (488 comments) says:

    Taurima has screwed his “journalism” career for Labour.
    The least they could do is make some space for him at the trough.

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  2. Dave_1924 (116 comments) says:

    National must hope that he is picked by Labour… field day on the husting’s if he is a candidate judgement is highly questionable. Labour’s Maori wing seem to have folded around Taurima given Jones statements and Nania Mahuta’s comments on National Radio….

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  3. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Shameless. He is only fit for one of the maorimander seats anyway. Helps that he has been able to frame the argument to his potential voters for a few years doesn’t it?

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  4. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    Lefties just don’t get good governance principles nor good ethical principles. simple as that. If it was a Nat or Act hopeful the LEFT would be demanding every one from Key down must resign.

    IMHO TVNZ shouldn’t be doing the investigating. They aren’t independent. What the citizens and taxpayers want to know is who know what and when did they know it and that starts at the Chairman, the rest of the Board the CEO and any manager this turkey reported to.

    If I was doing the investigation I would be applying the blow torch to the above named individuals until I got the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    I don’t believe this all happened without plenty of people at TVNZ knowing. Having worked at senior exec level in a number of large organisations including international companies you cant organize meetings like this turkey did without people finding out and talking about it.

    The Socialist Party once and for all have cemented their place as unfit to govern in any circumstance. Cunners knew what was going on they all knew what was going on. They are a bunch of 2 faced arsehole hypocrites and that’s putting it nicely.

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  5. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    And just to ice the cake. Typical Hori behavior. They think the rules don’t apply to them only whitey.

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  6. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Countdown are no longer being pursued by Jones – he said they only made one mistake !!!!!!!

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  7. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    That’s right Shane Jones – It’s different when Labour do it !!!!!!

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  8. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Doesn’t David Cunliffe need a new Chief of Staff? There; problem solved :D

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  9. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Shane Taurima Grandma only wanted to serve the people. He hasn’t done anything wrong……

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  10. secondcumming (93 comments) says:

    Thats always the problem with people like Jonesy …. the left never knows what the right hands doing

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  11. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    I am a movie buff not a buff movie watcher.
    Jonesy giving you the hug is the kiss of death, from drowning in fisheries industry gravy to feeding the geese on the taxpayers backs he is second only to Winston for serving himself.
    His countdown scandal will come to nothing, if he was confident he would not be hiding in the chamber squealing.

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  12. 3-coil (1,220 comments) says:

    I can’t fathom why they rate Shane Taurima anyway – he’s gobby and over-confident, but in reality he’s as thick as pigshit. For example, I still remember him prattling away on MaraeInvestigates once about how T W Ratana helped set up the Maori seats in the NZ parliament (TWRatana born 1873/died 1939, and Maori seats introduced in 1867). Even after dribbling this obvious nonsense, full-of-himself Taurima just kept yapping on – oblivious to his idiotic howler.

    He’s all show and no substance…on second thoughts, he’s probably perfect for Labour.

    Edit: perhaps TW had the same supernatural time-travel powers as Kris Faafoi?..I didn’t consider that.

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  13. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Birds of a feather . . . !

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  14. OneTrack (3,114 comments) says:

    “Taurima has screwed his “journalism” career for Labour.”

    He will quietly turn up again somewhere where they appreciate his ideology and devotion to the cause – TV3, Radio New Zealand, TVNZ, ..

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  15. thedavincimode (6,800 comments) says:

    Jones is right on this. Liebour need to forget about the tiny little matter of this greasy little prick getting sprung. They need to remind themselves that as a dodgy little weasel, he represents an ideal candidate for them.

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  16. big bruv (13,929 comments) says:

    If we often wonder why Maori fill our jail cells the Taurima saga might give us a clue. It seems that some Maori will excuse any crime/indiscretion/corruption committed by another Maori simply because they are of the same race.

    Is that not blatant racism?

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  17. tas (625 comments) says:

    Shane Jones is very sensible sometimes, but when it comes to corruption he has absolutely no sense. Remember Jones gave Labour donor Bill Liu citizenship against the advice of public servants who were concerned that he didn’t meet the good character requirement.

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  18. Crusader (317 comments) says:

    Shane Jones is just blowing his trumpet at the moment to get some attention, with the view that any publicity is good publicity (so long as it does not involve blue movies). This might just be his way of positioning himself to make a leadership bid after Cunliffe loses the election. Pay him no mind.

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  19. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Jones and Cosgrove must be bigger buffoons than the late Lange. They are self-important bags of wind, neither having any understanding of commerce or finance . . . end of story.

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