Mr Tamihere confirmed he had applied online to become a member again and had sent a note to the party informing it of this.
Party secretary Tim Barnett said Mr Tamihere would be subject to more scrutiny than usual because of his high public profile.
It was “unusual but not unheard of” for membership to be refused.
The party’s leading council would have to decide if there were any formal objections to Mr Tamihere rejoining. None had yet been received.
“From my point of view, I would just look at the record of membership in the past and anything on things he might have allegedly said or done that might have brought the party into disrepute.”
Asked whether Mr Tamihere’s criticism of Labour on the talkback radio show he hosted could count against him, Mr Barnett said it could be looked at if someone raised a specific concern.
Unlike National where membership cannot be stopped, Labour’s factional war lords could give JT the arse because he doesn’t fit into any of their factions, and they want to suppress the right faction so it never is strong again. Labour always preach tolerance but practice brutal intolerance internally so don’t be surprised if they decline JTs membership.
Tim Barnett should have known better though, he should have said “Everyone knows JT, he is a good bloke and the kind of man we need in the modern Labour Party”. Then if he didn’t like him stack the selection for Waitakere and shaft him. Labour’s selection process is not very democratic, so HQ can shaft someone pretty easily.