February 03, 2017
Skilled Jackson an asset to Labour
Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says he’s keen to see what contribution urban Maori leader Willie Jackson will make to Labour.
The former Alliance MP head has talked with party leader Andrew Little about getting a spot on Labour’s list, after an earlier plan by some Labour strategists that he stand in Mr Henare’s place was ruled out.
It’s seen as a blow to the Maori Party, which was considering having Mr Jackson as its candidate in the seat.
Mr Henare says the Manukau Urban Maori Authority head has great skills and a lot of respect and mana within the communities of Tamaki Makaurau.
"He does have a skill set that I'm sure will enhance what the Labour Party is doing or we plan to do in the future. I do know that there are a lot of details and there is no confirmation yet. We have to realise this is an election year. All the skill set that Willie brings would be a welcome add to what the Labour Party," he says.
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