September 19, 2023
Patuone pledger prepared for parliament post
New Zealand First candidate Shane Jones says there’s more to the party’s newest high profile candidate than her past association with Don Brash’s Hobson’s Pledge.
Casey Costello, who was the spokesperson for the organisation whose positions on the Treaty of Waitangi has largely been picked up by the ACT Party, has been named at number three on the New Zealand First list.
Mr Jones, who is at number two behind Winston Peters, says Ms Costello worked for many years as a senior police officer in south Auckland.
“What she doesn’t know about how to deescalate situations, what she doesn’t know about how to move and mingle within our Māori community doesn’t bear repeating. Secondly she’s a proud descendant of Patuone, the same line as Hone Harawira, hailing from Whakapara where Hone’s mother comes from, the redoubtable Titewhai Harawira so no, we’re looking forward to her bringing that deep reservoir of experience,” he says.
If New Zealand First passes the 5 percent threshold, it will also bring in former MPs Mark Paterson and Jenny Marcroft as well as experienced local government politicians Jamie Arbuckle and Andy Foster.