November 18, 2020
Taylor upheld tino rangatiratanga within Labour
Ngāpuhi kaumātua and Labour Party stalwart Rudy Taylor is making his final journey to the north.
Mataitaua Marae at Utakura has been readied for the tangi for Mr Taylor, who died on Monday aged 66.
MP Willie Jackson accompanied Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis for a service with the whānau at the Auckland funeral home early this morning.
He says Mr Taylor was one of the great characters of te ao Māori.
"You never knew what was going to happen with our mate Rudy and he was one of my staunchest supporters, him and his wife Kay have been for the last three or four years since I have been in Labour, so he will be sadly, sadly missed, but wonderful character," Mr Jackson says.
He says Rudy Taylor was the tino rangatiratanga side of Labour and followed his own rules, but absolutely supported the party.
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