November 16, 2020
Maori and politics driving forces for Rudy Taylor
A hundred percenter.
That’s how Te Taitokerau MP and Labour Party deputy leader Kelvin Davis is describing Rudy Taylor, who died this morning of cancer.
Mr Taylor was chair of the party’s Kaunihera Māori, and with his wife Kaye has been part of Mr Davis’s campaign team since he first sought election.
He was also a former chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāpuhi and had been part of the Tūhono process which tried to resolve differences within the iwi about the path to a treaty settlement.
"Whatever he did he threw himself into things 100 percent, be it the Ngāpuhi settlement issues, be it rugby league which he absolutely loved, the Labour Party, he was just staunch and three or four weeks ago he was given life membership of the Labour Party in recognition of all the work he had done. He was on the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party. We had a meeting on Saturday which obviously he could not attend but he was in our thoughts and just sad news this morning to hear this," Mr Davis says.
Rudy Taylor is being taken back to Hokianga for his tangi.
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