Shane Te Pou

Tamihere: Labour like the Head Hunters

John Tamihere has been banned Pedro Gower at 3News has revealed. John Tamihere has described their processes as like joining the Head Hunters.

The Labour Party faithful have queued up to get into their party conference in Auckland this evening.

All members are welcome except one – the prodigal son, John Tamihere – who has not been allowed to return.

“It’s a bit like joining the Head Hunters,” he says, “as I’m trying to walk through, trying to get my membership, they are all there beating you – it’s a bit like a gang, a gang initiation”.

Yes, that’s right. Mr Tamihere compares the Labour Party to the Head Hunters, Auckland’s most feared gang. That’s because while he’s paid his membership fees and wants to be an MP again, his colourful past – including a Serious Fraud Office investigation – means that membership is yet to be approved by the party hierarchy.

He says he is being blocked by forces from within.

“No one wants you back if you are deemed to be a threat, so what you’ve got to do is water your threats down and kill them off – that’s politics,” he says.

Lynn Prentice from the hate speech blog, The Standard, is allowed in as media. Martyn Bradbury is also allowed in, other media too…but not the editor of Truth and now not John Tamihere.

Labour do allow other unsavoury characters in though…like Shane Te Pou:

3 News tried to talk to Labour Party member Shane Te Pou about Mr Tamihere, but found the door closed. Mr Te Pou was a key figure in the Bill Liu citizenship controversy – a series of events currently under investigation by the Auditor-General. But while Mr Te Pou is allowed into the conference, Mr Tamihere isn’t.

Mr Tamihere did actually back under-fire Labour leader David Shearer, but today Mr Shearer couldn’t bring himself to back Mr Tamihere.

“I’m not going to give a personal view,” he says.

Labour don’t believe in freedom of the press and now they are banning people from joining the party, precisely the types of people they should be encouraging. It is obvious now that the only media allowed are those sympathetic to the Labour cause. If those media respected media freedom they would boycott the conference.

Shane Te Pou and David Shearer

There has been much talk about Labour fundraiser and go to man Shane Te Pou in discussing the untoward activities of Shane Jones, Bill Liu and Dover Samuels.

It seems that Shane Te Pou assisted David Shearer in the Mt Albert by-election.

Shane Te Pou was certainly asked to help in the Mt Albert by-election by Labour organiser Jenny Michie. I’ve found the whole message from the now deleted grassroots Labour site… thanks google cache.

Some good questions

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David Farrar raises some very good questions for Shane Jones to answer…if he can:

  1. Who was this official who told him this? It wasn’t by some chance Daniel Phillips was it, the brother of Shane Te Pou – the Labour fundraiser who got paid $5,000 to help get Liu citizenship
  2. Does having citizenship in any way impact whether or not one can be extradited to China over the fraud charges laid against him?
  3. If one truly believes you face execution and persecution in your home country, don’t you apply for asylum not citizenship?
  4. But if one applied for asylum, wouldn’t that actually require some substantiation of the claims that he was Falun Gong and fearing for his life, with adjudication by an independent tribunal, rather than Ministerial discretion as with citizenship?
  5. Has Jones or Liu or anyone at all ever produced a shred of evidence that he actually faced anything in China except a fraud trial?
  6. Does anyone seriously think Liu would have been granted citizenship if he had not donated to various Labour MPs, who advocated so strongly on his behalf?
  7. Is anyone else curious about why Liu paid Labour Party fundraiser Shane Te Pou $5,000 to fill in a citizenship form for him? That’s a lot of money for filling in a form.
  8. Is the more likely explanation that he paid Te Pou the $5,000, so Te Pou could use his political influence to get him citizenship.
  9. Is it a coincidence that Te Pou immediately introduced him to then Internal Affairs Minister Rick Barker
  10. Is it also a coincidence that a donation to Dover Samuels election campaign was made from an unknown Chinese entity using the address of Daniel Philips, who is Shane Te Pou’s brother and worked for Shane Jones

I agree with David, and since Shane Jones also welcomes and inquiry, let’s be having one then.