November 03, 2016
Vote of confidence for Te Tai Hauauru candidate
Labour Party leader Andrew Little is confident Te Tai Hauauru MP Adrian Rurawhe will be able to fend off a strong challenge from the Maori Party's Howie Tamati.
Under a new selection policy instigated by new president Tukoroirangi Morgan, the Maori Party is looking for high profile candidates capable of taking the Maori seats from Labour.
Mr Tamati is known through the electorate as a former rugby league international, for his work with Sport Taranaki, and for his local government experience on New Plymouth District Council, as well as being a trustee of Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust.
Mr Little says Mr Rurawhe ran a strong campaign to win the seat last election adter it was vacated by Maori Party co-founder Dame Tariana Turia.
"I think Adrian knows the rohe very well now. he's got around. He's a strong, solid preformer for us in parliament. He's picked up many of the treaty settlement bills from those areas picked up a number of other issues as well. Adrian is well tested, well tried. I have confidence in his campaigning ability. I have confidence he will retain that seat," he says.
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