March 09, 2014
Maori Party seeks Tamaki candidate
The Maori Party today opens nominations for its candidate in Tamaki Makaurau.
Likely contenders include Te Hira Paenga, the stepson of outgoing MP Pita Sharples, Manurewa Marae chair Tunuiarangi McLean, and educationalist Bronwyn Yates.
Electorate co-chair George Ngatai says he can’t confirm names before nominations close at the end of March.
Four hui will be held so members can get to know the nominees before the final selection on May 4.
The fall out from the Shane Taurima affair could give the Maori Party a head start in its campaign to retain the seat.
Labour was to have closed nominations at the end of February, but extended the deadline to give TVNZ time to complete a review into whether Mr Taurima used company resources for Labour Party business, and whether his membership of the party affected his work.
The outcome may determine whether Mr Taurima puts his hand up for the Labour nomination.
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