Another TVNZ staffer seeking a Labour job

March 1st, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

does seem to be turning into a recruitment pool for the Party. Fran Mold became Chief Press Secretary. Kris Faafoi is now an MP. Shane Taurima sought nomination and helped run a branch for them while working there.

The latest is who is seeking Labour’s Rotorua nomination.

Labour Party general secretary Tim Barnett said two nominations had been received, with a possible third nomination coming late Friday.

Mr Barnett said the names of all nominees for the party’s candidate would be released on Monday with the selection process to take up to a month.

If selected, Mr Coffey would replace former Labour Party cabinet minister and new mayor of Rotorua Steve Chadwick as Rotorua’s Labour candidate to contest November’s general election.

Rotorua MP Todd McClay said he didn’t focus on what the Labour Party were doing.

“I believe I have a good track record of working hard for local people and have delivered some important wins for Rotorua and the wider electorate over the last six years.”

Mr McClay said this would be his third election campaign and he looked forward to making his case to continue to be Rotorua’s MP and represent its views in Parliament.

I hear there may be another broadcaster soon to also declare they will stand for Labour.

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41 Responses to “Another TVNZ staffer seeking a Labour job”

  1. Mark (1,360 comments) says:

    DPF are you saying that TVNZ staffers should be banned from politics? Whether Coffey stands for labour Act, National or anyone else matters not, as long as he is open about it then surely there is not a major issue here. He has made it clear what his political leanings are so where is the prolem in that?

    I am not sure how anyone can be surprised that journalists come from the left end of the political spectrum. That has been the case for some time now.

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  2. Southern Raider (1,577 comments) says:

    Who cares Rotorua is a shit hole. The whole of the eastern bay of plenty needs to be moved to northland and then a big fence built across the southern border.

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  3. Fletch (6,021 comments) says:

    Just goes to show you how biased some of these reporters actually are and proves how left wing the media is.

    It’s the same in the U.S, where heads of big networks have siblings working in the White House –

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/05/11/fox-abc-and-cbs-news-presidents-have-siblings-working-white-house-tie

    Not forgetting that Jay Carney, the little weasel who is the WH press secretary was the Washington bureau chief for Time Magazine.

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  4. simonway (371 comments) says:

    Anthony Samuels, who occupied a similar role on What Now? as Tamati did, is on the Board of Family First, so I think that kind of cancels out.

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  5. Roflcopter (424 comments) says:

    Mark, the issue is not whether they should be banned from politics.

    The issue is that over the years, so-called “fair and balanced” journos on TVNZ have continued to throw a left-leaning slant on anything the current government is up to… i.e. continually negative and making shit up. It’s AFTER they’ve thrown all this shit around that they come out saying they’re on the red team.

    Probably the biggest offender in this area is Corin Dann, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the next to come out AFTER his ongoing campaign against the Right.

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  6. Ross Miller (1,661 comments) says:

    Gueez Southern Raider …. just because the Cantabs got dorked by the Blues last night doesn’t mean you can take it out on Northland. As for Rotorua … yep, it does smell at bit but then, ever been to Lake Elsmere?

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  7. Anthony (768 comments) says:

    The other concerning trend is that all these journalists think they know best how to run the country with all their experience . . . er standing in front of a camera looking chipper!

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  8. nasska (10,659 comments) says:

    There’s a pattern emerging here. Aspiring Labour MP goes deep cover working for the media then after inflicting maximum damage to the right comes out of the closet to claim his/her prize of a parliamentary seat…..for life if possible.

    Small wonder the MSM is held in the contempt it so earns.

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  9. hmmokrightitis (1,508 comments) says:

    I will quite happily continue to enjoy our place at Lake Tarawera Southern Raider, you stay miserable where you are :)

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  10. Mobile Michael (414 comments) says:

    It is incorrect to call Coffey a journalist – he is a former kids show presenter, who went on to present weather and be the fall guy for breakfast TV, and moved into general television and hosting a variety show. He is an entertainer.

    His name could come up in the conflict of interest enquiry though.

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  11. timmydevo (36 comments) says:

    Nothing like getting your mates inside the press to give you “free” publicity for your impending campaign. I hope to keep it even they will give some “free” publicity to other random candidates too.

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  12. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Come on people we need a register of journalists’ political affiliations and offices held within the establishment they are employed. There are too many in jobs of influence with agendas that many of us do not believe to be in the country’s interests. Here is just another example of taxpayers’ subsidising an aspiring socialist. He must go from his position NOW! Look at the previous and current trough snouting left-wingers, a bloody disgrace!

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  13. duggledog (1,352 comments) says:

    He’ll get eaten alive. Doesn’t have the intelligence I’m afraid.

    But he’s gay and Maori so that’s pretty much all he needs in the Labour party

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  14. thedavincimode (6,531 comments) says:

    degree in political science
    children’s TV program presenter
    Dancing With the Stars
    Roving weather boy
    Gay marriage
    6 month holiday in Europe

    Impressive credentials for a liebour candidate. He’ll be a shoe-in.

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  15. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    Lockwood Smith, Maggie Barry, Jacqui Dean, Michael Laws, Paul Henry…

    See I can play this game as well.

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  16. duggledog (1,352 comments) says:

    Re TVNZ and editorial bias; quite simply this organisation is a Government organisation. The people who work there are always going to favour an administration they can count on to shovel money towards them (from the taxpayer) in great heaps; these are turkeys who will not vote for Christmas. They long for the day a new government takes office and says ‘don’t worry about paying a dividend dears’

    However it’s not as riddled with as many left wings freaks as you might think; nothing like National Radio anyway.

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  17. Manolo (13,357 comments) says:

    It goes to show the Rainbow Branch of the socialist Labour Party is stronger than ever.

    At this pace, I expect the sub-Standard’s censor, the effeminate Lynn Prentice, to announce his intention to run for office.

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  18. duggledog (1,352 comments) says:

    Speaking of being eaten alive, Whyte is currently being wrecked on The Nation. (I my skyed it)

    He’s not quite articulate enough, looks completely humourless, no personality, elitist (these are my contemporaries views right now!)

    However with the policy of three strikes for burglary in the offing, a flat tax and now binning the RMA he’s going to get a few votes

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  19. mandk (818 comments) says:

    @ Nasska,
    Coffey is good at coming out of closets.

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  20. Hamish_NZ (39 comments) says:

    More concerning for tvnz was his statement that he always wanted to be involved with labour politics, and wasn’t keen on tv but saw it as something to do in the meantime. Code for he saw it as a way to get name recognition for his future run at politics.
    Now I don’t know who the hr team at tvnz are, or the ins and outs of their recruitment policy, but if I was the Ceo I’d be really concerned that the hr team aren’t aware of the need to ask potential employees about their career goals and remind employees of their need to declare any potential political conflict of interest regardless of where they work in the organisation. Technically they can’t discriminate on grounds of political views, but as a public broadcaster I’d argue they need to at least ask about and have a register of people’s political affiliatons, and try not to hire those that express a wish to stand for a political party in the future. The era and the courts should see that a public broadcaster has a need to discriminate against future political candidates for neutrality reasons.
    Shows a concerning lack of management oversight given what emerged from the taurima affair.
    Someone needs to resign to take the fall

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  21. dime (9,424 comments) says:

    awesome. im worried the % of gays in labour will fall below 20%. that would be terrible.

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  22. tvb (4,202 comments) says:

    One can have political opinions but still act professionally so I have no problem with Coffey. Taurima is different. He was a Manager he organised the use of TVNZ resources and he was not honest regarding his future political ambitions.

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  23. stigie (908 comments) says:

    awesome. im worried the % of gays in labour will fall below 20%. that would be terrible.

    You look very worried Dime, but i thought the % of gays in Labour was around 50%, or am i wrong ?

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  24. OneTrack (2,598 comments) says:

    “However it’s not as riddled with as many left wings freaks as you might think; nothing like National Radio anyway.”

    I don’t care. Sell them both.

    They might be “assets” to the Labour and Green Parties, but they aren’t assets to New Zealand. I am getting bored with my tax money propping up these left wing propaganda organisations.

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  25. OneTrack (2,598 comments) says:

    stigie

    They believe in “equality” so they must have a “straight-ban” to go with their #manban ie quota set to at least 50% gay. Anything else wouldn’t be “fair”

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  26. stigie (908 comments) says:

    Yes Onetrack, about as fair as the hairs on a black mans balls !!~

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  27. tom hunter (4,399 comments) says:

    TVNZ does seem to be turning into a recruitment pool for the Labour Party.

    “Seems”?

    “to be”?

    Whatever the case I actually don’t care about TVNZ employees leaving for the Labour Party. What I care about are the biases they employed while they were journalists, and not in the sense of “tough” intervews against right-politicians vs “soft” ones against left-wingers, that’s merely subjective opinion. The far bigger impact is in what stories will be covered and how they are covered.

    As one example, the current “children in poverty” angle being hammered by the Greens and Labour (because they seemingly have nothing else to hammer), is simply being picked up and re-broadcast by most of the media almost without question, leaving it to bloggers like DPF to question the claims and the calculations. But even worse – and this is where the ideological bias comes into play – is the unquestioned assumption that having the government increase spending in this area (and other areas) will fix the problem. I doubt even the supposed “right-wing” journos like Armstrong and O’Sullivan (as described by The Standardinistas) question this idea. It’s ingrained in NZ.

    At a minimum lets get some self-declared right-wing journalists who are able to raise stories other than ones whose objective is what’s gummint going to do about it”, or who can ask questions from a right-wing perspective.

    If that’s not possible – and I think it’s unlikely in NZ – then sell TVNZ and Radio NZ. The result will be an entity probably more left-wing than TV3, but at least I won’t be contributing tax money to people who want to screw me and what I believe.

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  28. Viking2 (11,128 comments) says:

    Mobile Michael (336 comments) says:
    March 1st, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    It is incorrect to call Coffey a journalist – he is a former kids show presenter, who went on to present weather and be the fall guy for breakfast TV, and moved into general television and hosting a variety show. He is an entertainer.
    ==================================

    There’s theme going on here.
    Weatherman
    politican

    Horan anyone?

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  29. AM1 (13 comments) says:

    He’s probably more qualified to do the job than most other Labour MPs.

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  30. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Not quite sure about the point of your post, unless you’re suggesting Coffey displayed left wing bias when reading the weather. :)

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  31. nasska (10,659 comments) says:

    ross69

    He may have managed to keep his political bias in check while waffling about anticyclones & “nasty” weather expectations but doesn’t he also have a hand in cocking up a so called current affairs programme?

    Seven Sharp I think it’s called.

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  32. Richard Hurst (755 comments) says:

    “… bought a property in Kawaha Point which they have been busy renovating since returning from a six month European holiday.”

    Enough said really.

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  33. Mags (38 comments) says:

    As Coffey has put his name into the nomination hat, how would the other contenders for the seat be feeling with the free exposure he has been getting? Or will we see a Rotorua’s got Labour Talent to pick the candidate?

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  34. Hamish_NZ (39 comments) says:

    @Mags

    I’m pretty sure the other candidate mentioned in the article will be local Labour Party mouthpiece Fraser Newman, but he won’t get the nod over Tamati as he’s a small business owner. Can’t have any of those in the Labour caucus now can we. Although he’s a bit too Labour for my liking in some of his views (anti asset sales, living wage etc) he seems to have other sensible ideas like making financial literacy a core subject at school so not so many get into stupid debt etc.

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  35. DJP6-25 (1,268 comments) says:

    Reason #958 to sell TVNZ, and RNZ.

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  36. coge (176 comments) says:

    Australian Labor rolls out the ‘academics’. NZ Labour rolls out celebrities.

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  37. Chinarugby (83 comments) says:

    Oh DPF how your bias is openly displayed in your choice of headers:

    Dowie for Invercargill

    VS

    Another TVNZ staffer seeking a Labour job

    One has a warm familair element as if Dowie is a known person – a friend to all, yet Coffey – a very well known person is relegated to the negatively twisted header and accorded the ignominity of being referred to as a staffer.

    I wonder what header you chose when Maggie Barrie took up her National role? – was she accorded the Dowie warm fuzzy welcome to the right party or the anonymous staffer joins the sinister party?

    You appear very little DPF when you play silly games

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  38. isaac (10 comments) says:

    Maggie Barrie was hardly a news journo or spent spent much time as an interviewer. Paul Henry does not hide his political bias and does not use it to push his own or damn the oposition’s views.

    On The Nation it opened with a comment about how “incest and the ACT leader was top of the news all week” I am not particularly interested in the ACT leader but he quickly realised he had made a mistake
    and retracted but this did not get much coverage. The people who kept it on every newscast were the media. I am sure the ACT leader had much better things to do, with a conference at the end of the week.

    If the media listened to its own newscasts and said them in front of a mirror occasionally they might realise how boring and ill informed are their utterances

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  39. Chinarugby (83 comments) says:

    If the media listened to its own newscasts and said them in front of a mirror occasionally they might realise how boring and ill informed are their utterances

    You mean much in the same vein as DPFs incessant postings on Mayor Brown?

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  40. doggone7 (694 comments) says:

    Tamati Coffey is unlikely to ever be a labour MP in Government. Should he have got that far maybe he could have sought to introduce a Member’s bill: “The list of occupations appropriate for those wishing to be Labour MPs to placate the paranoia of right wing bloggers and commentators who want only a certain type in Parliament Bill.”

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  41. Hamish_NZ (39 comments) says:

    Dr Angela Sharples, a former pm’s science prize winner, and current deputy principal has been confirmed as another candidate for the Labour nomination for Rotorua.
    Will Labour go for a successful maori female teacher, or a gay weather presenter? Pretty hard choice for them really. Both rank pretty highly in terms of Labour views of success.

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