More Tamaki Makaurau manoeuvres

May 7th, 2014 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

is considering blocking former TVNZ broadcaster as a candidate if a TVNZ investigation into his links with the party while working at the state broadcaster is too damaging for him and the party.

I doubt they will. They seem desperate to do whatever they can to allow him to stand. But there is a risk for them, as his selection may be seen as a de facto endorsement of his actions while at TVNZ.

However, some on the council are concerned his resignation from TVNZ in March has made him too much of a political risk in the seat Labour hopes to win back from the Maori Party. Taurima is yet to comment publicly on the nomination. If he was blocked, it could clear the way for Maori TV broadcaster to run.

Labour sources told the Herald Wilcox had talked to the party, but because of the risk to his career he had refused to stand unless Taurima withdrew and Wilcox was a certainty to win it.

Wilcox would also require the waiver – sources said he joined the party last November but stopped his membership four months later after Taurima ran into trouble.

So we have confirmed that Wilcox is or was a paid up Labour Party member and wants to stand for Labour as an MP. Now I’m a big fan of his work on Native Affairs, but it does create a real conflict for Maori TV – that their head of news and current affairs is or was a Labour Party member who wishes to be a Labour Party MP.

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6 Responses to “More Tamaki Makaurau manoeuvres”

  1. redqueen (555 comments) says:

    And by ‘Conflict of Interest’ the Labour Party will read ‘Opportunity’…

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  2. Mobile Michael (446 comments) says:

    Shane Taurima will come out of this badly. He has no chance of being a journalist again, and no chance of being a sucessful politician due to his poor judgement.

    Personally, I wish we had a media that was more open about their affiliations – tune into TV3 and you would know for sure that they are pro-Labour. It works in Britain and the US, and its one of the reasons Whaleoil is now a serious media outlet.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I wonder at what time a broadcaster considering standing for Parliament should be expected to stand down from his or her job. The rules are quite clear for public servants, but I don’t know if similar rules cover this situation.

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  4. Duxton (642 comments) says:

    I agree, mikenmild. I think twelve months before candidate selection (ie, not the election, but party selection to be a candidate) would be appropriate.

    I also think that ex-MPs should be ineligible for appointment to any publically-funded jobs/roles in NZ, other than elected roles, after they leave office. That would force them to seek employment in the private sector.

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  5. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Public servants are required by law to take leave from Nomination Day to Polling Day. This is about three or four weeks and is a minimum. Employers may require candidates to take more leave than that if they consider a candidate’s ability to carry out his or her duties will be materially affected.
    Your proposal to exclude ex-MPs from other public employment would not be favoured by the politicians, not entirely for self-serving reasons. There is no real reason why former MPs should not be able to serve in other posts if suitably qualified.

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  6. James Stephenson (2,153 comments) says:

    ex-MPs should be ineligible for appointment to…

    Never mind that, we should have term limits on MP’s.

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