Wilcox says no to Labour

May 19th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

’s has quashed speculation he will stand for in the coming general election.

Wilcox has long been rumoured to be a potential candidate in , with speculation strengthening after the Labour Party council refused a waiver to allow ex-TVNZ presenter Shane Taurima to stand.

Maori Television issued a statement today saying Wilcox, the station’s general manager for news and current affairs, would not be standing for Labour.

“To clarify his position Julian Wilcox has made an unequivocal statement to Maori Television that he is not seeking political office for any political party in the forthcoming elections and remains committed to his job as GM of news and current affairs at Maori Television,” the statement said.

Not seeking political office, but was reportedly a member of the Labour Party last year.

I’m pleased for Maori TV. I’m not sure how Wilcox is doing as News GM there, but he did very well as host and interviewer on Native Affairs.

This does make Tamaki Makaurau more interesting. A high profile candidate such as Taurima or Wilcox would have been more likely to win it for Labour. This must improve the Maori Party’s chances of holding it. The first polls in the seat after candidates are selected will be interesting.

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14 Responses to “Wilcox says no to Labour”

  1. anonymouse (709 comments) says:

    This has got to be a dissapointment for Labour, it certainly appears that they put alot of effort into cultivating Julian to be the candidate ( after Shane T crashed and burned).

    Labour are now pretty much destined to select Flavell as their candidate,

    This should certainly make the seat an interesting one to watch,

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  2. ross001 (193 comments) says:

    Not seeking political office, but was reportedly a member of the Labour Party last year

    Lots of people are members of the Labour Party. I didn’t realise it was a crime. :)

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  3. Bill Ted (92 comments) says:

    Wilcox is a decent guy. Wouldn’t be surprised if he has been put off by the factional realities of the Labour Party. Linda Clark was keen to run for Labour at one time too but pulled the pin for that same reason. It is rather amusing seeing the media become a breeding ground for aspiring Labour pollies. Corin Dann can’t be too far away from taking his cab off the rank…

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  4. Pete George (23,434 comments) says:

    Another interesting aspect to Tamaki Makaurau is the Green candidate, Marama Davidson, has had a taste of full on contesting an electorate and looks keen to make an impact here. She knows the Greens don’t do electorates in general elections but she seems to have different intentions. Time will tell whether she’s allowed to or not.

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  5. thedavincimode (6,620 comments) says:

    Lots of people are members of the Labour Party. I didn’t realise it was a crime.

    It should be.

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  6. All_on_Red (1,559 comments) says:

    the Green candidate, Marama Davidson

    I hope she runs and gets lots of exposure.

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  7. tvb (4,326 comments) says:

    I bet he could not get any assurance that he would get the nod from Labour and of course there is no guarantee he would win the seat for Labour. This does improve the chance that Labour could select Taurima.

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  8. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    You sound like you want Labour to select Taurima.

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  9. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,869 comments) says:

    I’ve said elsewhere this fellow is a very smart Maori. Best not to be tainted by this gaggle of losers.

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  10. jcuk (665 comments) says:

    My thoughts too Adolf :) You need to be a masochist to be a new Labour candidate.

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  11. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,869 comments) says:

    Those poor bastards in Labour couldn’t run the shit house at a sewerage farm.

    They burn off their originally anointed Taurima because he (and they) got caught stealing from the taxpayer and then, bugger it, their off course substitute tells them to bugger off.

    Man, oh man, I hope the Maori Party beats their arse off in Tamaki-Makaurau

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  12. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    A sad day for the Ngaiti Wilcox tribe! Who shall speak up for their mana among the Rainbow folk now? :)

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  13. Shazzadude (526 comments) says:

    Labour are going to piss in in Tamaki Makaurau.

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  14. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Time these apartheid electorates were done away with.

    MMP was meant to allow a platform for the loopies.

    Works for the Greenies should work for the Brownies too if they got off their lazy arse’s and put some effort in! :)

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