Tamati Coffey

Did Tamati Coffey over spend last election and should he be prosecuted for a corrupt practice?


They say money doesn’t win elections and in some ways they are right. Kim Dotcom tried. Colin Craig tried. There needs to be more to a candidate than a lot of money.

With that said, there are reasons why we control election spending and set limits. Politics should be about the strength of the candidate, not the depth of their pockets.

Looking through the candidate expenses for the 2014 General Election, one case stood out. Firstly because it looks odd. Secondly because Labour Party candidates are not used to overspending (unless it is tax payer’s money of course).

In the election period Labour Party candidate for Rotorua, former TV weatherman Tamati Coffey – Labour’s parachute candidate in Rotorua – spent $31,182.36 all up. Once attribution percentages are taken into account he got the final number down to $25,001.77. The cap for the 2014 General Election was $25,700. Sounds fair? Well it doesn’t leave much wriggle room.     Read more »

Coffey gets it in the arse

The tipline ran hot yesterday with some interesting news that is causing a fair bit of angst in Labour circles.

The word has been quietly put about that Labour’s new (Maori) comms person has been appointed.

Putting Māori Members of Parliament (MPs) at the forefront of important New Zealand politics is Jodi Ihaka’s plan, as she was recently appointed the Labour Party’s new Senior Communications Advisor (Māori).

“I’m really excited to use my communication skills in such an important Māori advisory capacity.  I have loved my time at Whakaata Māori (Māori Television) and have nothing but respect for the Māori journalists on Te Kāea and Native Affairs,” says Ihaka.

The position sees Ihaka take on a key advisory role to Labour leader, Andrew Little as well as Māori MPs including Kelvin Davis, Peeni Henare, Louisa Wall, Meka Whaitiri, Nanaia Mahuta and Adrian Rurawhe.

However not without some squealing and some anger.  Read more »

Labour candidate wants casual staff

Labour candidate for Rotorua at the last election, Tamati Coffey, is starting an up market bar.

He is advertising for casual staff.

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David Cunliffe + Tamati Coffey in Rotorua = ?


A Ground Crew member reports

The above wide angle photo (to prove its not contrived) shows the pulling power of the Labour leader in Rotorua yesterday morning.

One would think that when their leader was in town the party locals would at least have some places lined up for him to visit.

Instead here is David (shown in the very centre of the picture talking to a local reporter) killing time and attracting almost no-one outside the Central Mall.

It was so pathetic I almost felt sorry for him, but then I remembered who he was and the smug scorn returned.

During the almost 20 minutes I watched him at this location DC managed to tempt one elderly lady into a conversation, I think because she was waiting for the pedestrian crossing signal as was too frail to run away before he cornered her. Read more »

Let’s start with some Tikanga Maori today

In an article published last weekend, Maori academic Dr Ranginui Walker scolded the show for […] bad manners after a Star-Times reporter brought the table-sitting blunder to his attention.

The piece hit a nerve, inspiring dozens of readers to email the newspaper in support of Walker or, more frequently, in total disagreement. Some correspondents – both Maori and Pakeha – agreed that sitting on tables was unhygienic or a cultural gaffe no thoughtful New Zealander should make. Others said they couldn’t care less, that demanding that we all observe Maori customs was foolish or even racist, and nobody was going to tell them where to park their derriere.

But where did this taboo come from in the first place? Why is it so powerful? And when did it begin its as-yet incomplete journey from Maori tapu to New Zealand taboo?

Ngapo, an Auckland accountant of Ngati Kahu and Ngati Porou heritage (not to mention Scottish, English and Yugoslav), grew up knowing that you shouldn’t sit on a dining table or other surface connected to food. It was only as she got older that she realised there was a tikanga (Maori custom and tradition) dimension. Her understanding is that by an association between your bottom and food, “you as a person are putting yourself as food – you are not treating yourself appropriately”.

Sitting on a table is a bit of a faux pas when it comes to Maori culture.  And as the article says, most other people would consider it common sense not to foul an eating surface with the same body part that defecates.

So what do you think of this then?   Read more »

Cash for access to… Tamati Coffey?


The Rotorua’s Daily Post’s  Stephanie Arthur-Worsop resports:

A night of glitz and glamour at the Blue Baths reined in big bucks for a local candidate’s campaign fundraiser.

Rotorua Labour Candidate Tamati Coffey held his Big Red Fundraiser on Saturday night and said the event was a huge success.

“It was a brilliant night and we are really rapt with the outcome. It was awesome to see the community come out in support of us.”

Mr Coffey said the event was sold out and although they hadn’t done the final calculations, he said the night had raised more than $12,000. “It was pretty awesome to have so much support. That money is full profit and will go straight into funding the campaign.”

So when National do this, it is called Cash for Access, and when Labour do it… it is called?   Read more »

Rift within Labour ranks as Robertson discredits weatherman

Grant Robertson has fallen into the trap of tweeting before thinking.

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What’s Tamati Coffey going to do now his leader has chopped his legs from under him?


Tamati Coffey has run a rather nasty personal campaign against Comrade Simon Bridges, on Facebook and using his pals in the media to push his barrow.

He gets his trolls to attack Simon Bridges and Todd McClay.

And in the Rotorua Daily Post had this to say:

After leading more than 300 people in a protest aimed at helping to save the Maui dolphins, Rotorua Labour candidate Tamati Coffey believes he’s proved he’s more than “just a smiley weather man”.

Mr Coffey took just three days to organise Saturday’s march, protesting the decision to allow oil and gas exploration in New Zealand’s West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary, home to the critically endangered Maui dolphin. The group marched to the Tauranga office of Ministry of Energy and Resources Simon Bridges.

Mr Coffey said that while he organised the protest as a “concerned citizen” it showed those who criticised him as “just a smiley weather man” he was more than that.

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Tamati Coffey learns his lying from the best

Tamati Coffey is being taught the time honoured past-time of Labour politicians, lying like flat fish, by the absolute best at it…Sue Moroney, the woman in Labour who increases Nat MP majorities simply by standing against them.

He said he was still taking time to come to grips with being a candidate.

“I’ve been taken under the wing of people like Sue (Moroney) and Nanaia (Mahuta), they were there this morning and are helping me understand all of the problems going on regarding young people,” said Coffey.

He said education was the policy area that would likely tip the scales at the September election.

“It’s that thing we need to get right for the sake of all of these kids,” he said.

The official campaign period begins on June 20 and while Coffey has been on the hustings since he won the confidence of the party in March, he said policy was still weeks from being released.

“Nobody likes the Government’s current proposals to spend $350 million on education that’s not going to directly benefit the outcomes of children.”

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The guy really is a pillock

Labour are all cock-a-hoop about the possibility of having their very first female Muslim MP.

Brain Box Tamati Coffey rushes in where angels fear to tread


H/T Keeping Stock

Now, I know he’s as bent as a 3 dollar note, but you’d think our gay Tory Hater would at least have noticed parliament has had a few women already.

Labour must be so proud.

Keeping Stock is nice enough to offer a small history lesson to the political pillock novice   Read more »