John Drinnan at NZ Herald reports:
Labour has extended the deadline for selection of the candidate for Tamaki Makaurau electorate to allow for Television New Zealand inquiry into Labour Party activism at the TVNZ Maori and Pacific unit.
This is a clear indication that their head office is holding the seat open for Taurima. The appropriate response would be to declare that as Taurima showed such appallingly bad judgement that he thought it was okay to run a Labour Party branch from within TVNZ, that they don’t think he has the judgement to be a candidate. Instead they delay the nominations to benefit him, which obviously reflects their view that the only thing he did wrong was to get caught.
The selection period could be extended further of the inquiry was not complete by March 28, Barnett said.
However long he needs, they’ll comply.