Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau fiasco continues

May 24th, 2014 at 10:01 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

The Party has re-opened nominations for the Auckland-based Maori electorate of following a decision to block the nomination of former TVNZ Maori news manager and broadcaster Shane Taurima.

It has also issued a statement of regret about how its actions may have affected Mr Taurima.

Mr Taurima resigned from TVNZ after it was discovered he had been campaigning for Labour while working there.

It has re-opened nominations until next Wednesday afternoon.

Poor Will Flavell. Basically a vote of no confidence in him. This is the second time they have reopened niminations in an electorate when basically they don’t like the sole nominee.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the New Zealand council said the decision to re-open nominations had the support of the local electorate committee.

It also said: “The NZ Council has also resolved that it regrets any adverse impact on Shane Taurima’s professional reputation that may have occurred as a result of its decision not to grant Mr Taurima a waiver to contest the candidate selection in Tamaki Makaurau this year.

“We retain a high regard for Shane’s abilities and believe he has a positive future with our party.”

Sounds like he threatened to sue.

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17 Responses to “Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau fiasco continues”

  1. stigie (1,101 comments) says:

    Will the candidate fit right in with the rainbow branch of the Labour party ?

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  2. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    The adjectives rainbow and gay were once attributed to something nice, now they are hijacked by foul and evil left weirdos.

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  3. WineOh (630 comments) says:

    If they can’t even run a successful candidate selection process, how do we expect them to behave in appointing people that actually matter like public sector CEOs and cabinet ministers? Unfit to rule.

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  4. tvb (4,360 comments) says:

    Taurima dug his own grave. If he did not understand the position of broadcasters wanting a political career then he is not fit to hold the senior position he did in TVNZ. He has shown very poor judgement through-out this fiasco but then so has the Labour Party. They should have had a fair idea what was going on in the report assuming Taurima gave them the full facts on what he was up to in TVNZ. I suspect Taurima did not. The Labour Party should have proceeded with their nomination process and NOT granted Taurima the waiver right from the outset.

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  5. Southern Raider (1,809 comments) says:

    A party of principles

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  6. Michael (904 comments) says:

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns. The Maori Party must be loving this.

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  7. Keeping Stock (10,290 comments) says:

    Will Flavell for Tamaki Makaurau! He is the only one who is going to come out of this unholy clusterf#ck with his integrity intact. It certainly looks as though he is going to be regally shafted by his own party.

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  8. bringbackdemocracy (425 comments) says:

    Sounds like Will Flavell is as popular with Labour as D Cunliffe!!!!!

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  9. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (876 comments) says:

    Why can’t they announce “John Communist Campbell” is a token Maori and make him the candidate?

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  10. Michael (904 comments) says:

    Just found this from 1999 – perhaps Labour are right to not want Shane Te Pou:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=106177

    Asked yesterday if [Helen Clark's] reasons for blocking Mr Te Pou’s appointment to Mr Samuels’ staff was related to his use of a union credit card, she said “yes.”

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  11. Keeping Stock (10,290 comments) says:

    bringbackdemocracy said

    Sounds like Will Flavell is as popular with Labour as D Cunliffe!!!!!

    No; he’s twice as popular, because he needed a nominator AND a seconder. Cunliffe, as John Key said last week has as many supporters in the Labour caucus as Brendan Horan has in his caucus :D

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  12. iMP (2,364 comments) says:

    This seems like the on again/off again List or Electorate machinations for David Carter in Port Hills/Selwyn/Banks Peninsula. Flavell should have the right to go fwd if he is the lone nominee. That’s what happened re Aaron Gilmore…

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  13. OneTrack (3,020 comments) says:

    stigie

    The candidate MUST fit right in with the rainbow branch of the Labour party. A #manban woman might be an acceptable alternative.

    fify :-)

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  14. Whitey (1 comment) says:

    Good News: Maori will not stand in support of Labour…..after this

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  15. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Rangi McLean will be just loving this.

    The good news is he has little time for the Nats.

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  16. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    Why can’t they announce “John Communist Campbell” is a token Maori and make him the candidate?

    I fear He’s too far left for Labour. Such cloying, obsequious leftism could surely only find a home in The Greens.

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  17. Nostalgia-NZ (5,118 comments) says:

    Labour win on points on this. It could be expected that the prevailing mind set would have been to continue on with Taurima, the fact they didn’t shows some appreciation of ‘picking their fights.’ Selecting Taurima would have opened a wide flank at a time when Labour should be building on the Williamson and Collins offerings.

    DPF is most likely accurate about the threat of legal action, or as likely, the attending to the outrage within Labour of the de-railed plans to get a trougher into Parliament.

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