Labour picks Henare

June 2nd, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

No not that one!

Stuff reports:

has finally chosen its election candidate for the crucial seat: former sports commentator .

They were determined to have a broadcaster!

Henare, the great grandson of former Northern Maori MP Tau Henare was selected this afternoon to contest the Auckland Maori electorate.

President Moira Coatsworth said he was an ”impressive” candidate who was fluent in te reo and has a background in public and community services. 

Henare, now Ministry for Social Development business advisor, said: “It is time to bring the seven Maori seats back home to Labour.  Lets start with taking back Tāmaki Makaurau.”

He’s worked for the ministry since 2001 and is also a trustee of Ngati Hine Forestry Trust. From 2008 to 2011, Henare was a commentator for Maori Television. 

Originally from south Auckland, he now lives in Northland.

It will be an interesting seat to watch.

One wonders what Shane Taurima will now do? Not wanted by Labour, and unable to work again in news and current affairs (well for a fair while anyway).

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12 Responses to “Labour picks Henare”

  1. XavierG (34 comments) says:

    Are you sure he’s not the great grandson of Sir James Henare, rather than Tau’s? Tau seems a bit young to have great grandkids old enough to run for parliament. James Henare also held Northern Maori for National (and is Tau’s great uncle)

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  2. dog_eat_dog (789 comments) says:

    I feel more for the other nominated candidate, who had to endure repeated nomination extensions. That bloke has even less of a future with Labour than Taurima, he’s the one who should feel really pissed off.

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  3. Keeping Stock (10,404 comments) says:

    Tau Henare’s great grandson? Crikey, Tau must have started producing kids when he was just a nipper :D

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  4. altiora (279 comments) says:

    Agree with dog_eat_dog. Does anyone have any info on why Will Flavell was treated like this? Or was it more that they didn’t think he was a strong enough candidate?

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  5. s.russell (1,645 comments) says:

    There is a disturbing pattern of Labour selecting candidates for Maori seats based on who they were related to, rather than personal merit. They have done this in Te Tai Tonga, Te Tai Hauauru and now Tamaki Makaurau. The good result for Labour in the first of those seats when voters in Te Tai Tonga dumped the best MP they had had in 50 years for Rino Tirakatene (who to be polite is of limited ability) must have been encouraging for this strategy.

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  6. Manolo (14,024 comments) says:

    Another fight for a racist seat. How exciting….not.

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  7. tvb (4,491 comments) says:

    Taurima has really cooked his goose. He messed up a promising broadcasting career to chase a political rainbow that never eventuated. Oh boo hoo. But he is talented, he will put up sometime. Labour owes him big time and he will get rewarded but it will take some time. Perhaps something overseas is his best option for now. Meanwhile this candidate seems fair enough. Possibly better than Taurima.

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  8. calendar girl (1,260 comments) says:

    “Henare, now Ministry for Social Development business advisor ….”

    “Business advisor”? I thought MSD was a Government Ministry. So what business is it conducting? What is Henare “advising” on?

    Or is this just another of those contrived “in waiting” jobs for members of our ruling elite who seek to control our lives from Wellington?

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  9. JMS (337 comments) says:

    One wonders what Shane Taurima will now do?

    What every unsuccessful Labour candidate does;

    Become successful in the private sector ;)

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  10. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    Great grandson? I think everybody has gone mad after the announcement of the Carbon Tax from the Greenies….

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  11. ross411 (860 comments) says:

    s.russell (1,517 comments) says:
    June 2nd, 2014 at 3:34 pm
    There is a disturbing pattern of Labour selecting candidates for Maori seats based on who they were related to, rather than personal merit.

    This is a party which voted to give unions control of itself. They don’t represent the people, or rewarding personal merit. That’s why they are all for man bans.

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  12. DrDr (114 comments) says:

    The Tau Henare they refer to is the old Tau who represented Northern Maori in early 20th century – see
    http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3h15/henare-taurekareka

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