Labour picks Henare

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

No not that one!

Stuff reports:

Labour has finally chosen its election candidate for the crucial Tamaki Makaurau seat: former sports commentator Peeni Henare.

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).

Labour’s Tamaki Makaurau fiasco continues

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

The Herald reports:

The Labour Party has re-opened nominations for the Auckland-based Maori electorate of Tamaki Makaurau 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.

Labour head office blamed for Tamaki Makaurau debacle

May 21st, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reported:

Labour’s chances of a strong showing in the vacant Maori seat of Tamaki Makaurau are diminishing after broadcaster Julian Wilcox’s confirmation that he was not a contender left the party with only a single nomination. …

Tamaki Makaurau Labour electorate committee member Shane Te Pou said he was gutted that Mr Wilcox did not put his hand up for Labour.

“Head office has got a lot to answer for here. This whole process has been politically mismanaged. We are now about 100 days away from an election and we don’t have a candidate in … one of the most, if not the most crucial seat in the country.”

He said Labour should have at least six nominations for the seat, but the selection process was not open enough and was too dependent on “shoulder-tapping”.

This is giving the Maori Party an enhanced chance of winning the seat.

The Maori Party has chosen Rangi McLean as its candidate. The Greens have chosen Marama Davidson, a former Human Rights Commission educator.

Davidson is an articulate candidate who could do well, and help split the anti-Maori Party vote between Labour, Greens and Mana. She is not campaigning for the electorate vote, but Green candidates often gets significant levels of electorate votes – even if not asking for them.

Wilcox says no to Labour

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

Stuff reports:

Maori TV’s Julian Wilcox has quashed speculation he will stand for Labour in the coming general election.

Wilcox has long been rumoured to be a potential candidate in Tamaki Makaurau, 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.

More Tamaki Makaurau manoeuvres

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

The Herald reports:

Labour is considering blocking former TVNZ broadcaster Shane Taurima 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 Julian Wilcox 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.

Will it be the battle of the broadcasters for Labour’s nomination?

April 29th, 2014 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Labour has extended its deadline for the Tamaki Makaurau seat for the third time as it waits for a TVNZ report into the actions of potential candidate Shane Taurima.

I think this tells us who Head Office wants for the seat, considering they keep extending the deadline so Taurima can stand.

If he does stand he is likely to face a challenge from Maori TV’s Julian Wilcox. Mr Wilcox did not return calls, but sources in Labour expected him to announce he would contest the seat soon.

The head of news for Maori TV vs the head of Maori for TVNZ.

I’m uneasy with active broadcasters going straight into politics, as it does make you question how they have managed the conflict between being in charge of news and current affairs for their broadcasters while also being a member of a political party.

I’m not saying no one should go from the media into politics. Far from it. Many good MPs have backgrounds in broadcasting such as Lockwood Smith and Maggie Barry. But Maggie Barry didn’t go directly from hosting a news and current affairs show for Radio NZ into being a National candidate – it was over a decade later.


Jones and Tamaki Makarau

November 8th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Claire Trevett at NZ Herald reports:

There are signs some MPs are looking at an exit in the next term by standing as list-only candidates. That has become a stepping stone to retirement, allowing an MP to leave during the term without the resultant hassle and cost of a by-election.

Annette King is understood to be one of those, opening up her very safe Labour Rongotai seat. One obvious replacement in Rongotai is Andrew Little, at present a list MP. But another possibility is Helen Kelly, the head of the Council of Trade Unions, who has been rather coy about her intentions in 2014. A dead-cert ticket to Parliament will be hard to resist.

Labour badly needs more professional unionists in Parliament, as they are appallingy under-represented.

As well as King, Shane Jones opted against running in Tamaki Makaurau again. That is possibly because of the likelihood he would actually win it in 2014 given Pita Sharples’ retirement and Jones’ own rising star. Sticking to the list gives him the flexibility to leave rather than sit through another term in Opposition.

I hadn’t seen this reported before. This is good news for the Maori Party who are more likely to retain it if Jones is not standing.

More stupidity from Labour

October 20th, 2010 at 8:12 am by David Farrar

Labour has no realistic chance of forming a Government after 2011 election, unless it is with Maori Party support. The chances of Labour and Greens alone having more seats than National, Maori, United and ACT is remote. However with the Maori Party they have a fighting chance.

So what do they do. The Herald reports:

Labour MP Shane Jones will try to topple Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples in next year’s election by challenging for his Tamaki Makaurau seat.

Mr Jones has confirmed to the Herald he will seek the nomination to stand for Labour in the Maori electorate, which has been Dr Sharples’ stronghold since the Maori Party entered Parliament in 2005.

His challenge will end an apparent tacit agreement by Labour not to stand strong candidates against the two Maori Party co-leaders, who rely on their electorate seats rather than the party vote to be in Parliament.

It will at the least cause Dr Sharples some discomfort in the seat where half the voters gave their party vote to Labour last election.

Mr Jones has taken a no-holds-barred approach to the Maori Party, and especially its leaders, since it became a support partner for National.

Although the Maori Party has consistently expressed willingness to work with either of the major parties in government, Mr Jones said it had become “listless and torpid” with National. He believed it was time for a “more aspirational voice in Maori politics”.

A total strategic blunder that dooms Phil Goff.

In the medium to long term the Maori Party will be mainly in coalition with the Labour Party. But instead of treating them as potential allies, they keep treating them like shit – as they also did to the Greens for many years. This means that their chances of going with Labour in 2011, if they hold balance of power, is significantly diminished.

The Maori Seats

November 17th, 2008 at 12:32 pm by David Farrar

Labour won the party vote easily in all seven Maori seats. Their party vote ranged from 45% to 57%, and the Maori Party ranged from 21% to 34%. Waiariki was closest with an 11% gap and Ikaroa-Rawhiti had a 31% gap.

In 2005 Labour ranged from 49% to 58% and Maori Party from 18% to 31% so not much change on the party vote.

National in 2005 got from 2.7% to 7.4% in the Maori seats. In 2008 it was from 5.5% to 10.9% so a very small improvement there.

The electorate votes we start from Te Taik Tokerau in the North. Hone Harawira won it by 3,600 in 2005 over Dover Samuels. This time he has a 5,500 majority.

Pita Sharples evicted John Tamihere from Tamaki Makaurau by 2,100 in 2005 and holds it over Louisa Wall by a massve 6,300.

In Waiariki, Te Ururoa Flavell won by 2,900 in 2005. In 2008 he doubles that to 6,000.

Nanaia Mahuta held onto Tainui by 1,860. The boundary changes to Hauraki-Waikato did not favour her, so she did well to hold on by 1,046.

In Te Tai Hauauru, Tariana Turia won by 5,000 in 2005 and this time he rmajority is almost 7,000.

The big battle was in Ikaroa-Rawhiti. Parekura held off Atareta Poananga by 1,932 in 2005, and Poananga’s former partner, Derek Fox, challenged in 2008. But Fox fell short by 1,609.

Finally in the South, Te Tai Tonga was held by Mahara Okeroa in 2005 by 2,500. New Maori Party candidate Rahui Katene beat him by 684 votes in 2008.