Maori TV report:
It’s understood Tainui leader Rahui Papa will consider contesting the Hauraki-Waikato candidacy, sources say other leaders have also been approached by the party to put their names forward to contest the party’s candidacies including Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon for Te Tai Tonga, Shane Taurima for Tāmaki Makaurau, Ngarimu Blair for Tāmaki Makaurau, Moana Maniapoto for Tāmaki Makaurau and Willie Jackson for Tāmaki Makaurau.
Rapa, Solomon and Blair are the effective heads of the major Iwi in each area. They would all have very good chances of winning the seats off Labour.
Taurima is a former Labour candidate and broadcaster and Moana Maniapoto a well known singer.
It will be very interesting to see if they do stand, and who gets selected.