Tamati Coffey

Struggling candidate’s desperate bid to establish credentials

What do you do when your candidacy is struggling and people think you’re the wrong fit for the job?

Re-establish your credentials.

In the Labour party, this means a hard swing to the left and a good dose of economic illiteracy.

Two years after being made Labour party candidate for Rotorua, Tamati Coffey has signed his business up to the living wage campaign.

Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar is the first in Rotorua be an accredited living wage employer.

The Eat Streat venue, owned by television personality Tamati Coffey and his partner Tim Smith, opened just over a year ago. The pair said they wanted to “bring something different to Rotorua’s hospitality industry.”

“I’m really happy,” Mr Coffey said.

“For me, it’s saying to our workers, ‘We are a partnership and here’s your fair share’, as opposed to ‘Thanks for your hard work, your peanuts are in the bank’.

“I’m a firm believer that the way you treat your employees is reflective of the way they treat your customers. That’s why I know our clientele are going to love the heightened experience of being looked after by our living wage backed and valued team.”

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Tamati Coffey’s husband insults a journalist and life long Labour voter

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The pressure must be getting to Tamati Coffey and his husband, Tim Smith, in Rotorua.

A seasoned journalist in the area, Phil Campbell of Steam n’ Mud was asking some questions from Rotorua Labour and Tamiti Coffey when Tim Smith decided to hit “reply all” and insult the journalist, who was copied in on the email.

First here are the questions. It started with a question to Haydn Marriner who runs Rotorua Labour on Facebook, and someone who used that Facebook page to defame me.

From: Phil Campbell
To: Hadyn Marriner

May 19, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Kia ora Hadyn,

It has been brought to my attention (and I did wonder) that signs above the Tutanekai St from which Rotorua Labour operated last elections remain, though I understand you have shifted premises.

As I understand it, the apparent permanency of these signs maybe in breach of the Electoral Act 1993. As I also understand it the Electoral Commission has been in touch with the Labour Party Secretary General. The sign(s) to which I refer is/are above the overhang area, though below at pedestrian street view  it appears reference to your previous occupation has been removed.

To comply with the Act, do you intend to remove the signage referred? If so, when is that removal likely?

In fairness, I’m also aware the local branch of the National Party has in the last year shifted premises, but National Party signs in their old building in Amohau St appear to have been removed or covered over (though the cerulean blue colour is a reminder of once was.

Yours sincerely
Nga mihi
Phil Campbell.

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Tamati Coffey: Hiss, Roar, Fizzle

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I hear it a lot from people in Rotorua. Tamati Coffey, Labour Party candidate and local spokesperson, starts off with a hiss and roar and then fizzles on many an issue. He doesn’t have the drive to see things through.

We saw this recently with his campaign to “save our water”. It started with multiple social media posts, a video and a petition. The petition’s goal was 2,500 signatures. Tamati is now 136 signatories short and most campaigners would now be pushing to get this over the line. But Tamati’s campaign has fizzled, attention stagnated and media has moved on. There has been hardly a mention of it. (Prediction: he will now do something. He can thank Whaleoil later.)

Even one of his closest supporters in the last election has attacked Mr Coffey for his lack of commitment.

Tamati Coffey, it’s always good to have a face that can get a message out there the way that you do. I admire you for that. However what viable solutions have you got to offer, other than asking the people for help? The reason why I ask, is simply because of your track record which many will be unaware of, which is the failure to back up anything you put out there with action to create change in a way that doesn’t support your positioning in society but the actual issue itself. Take for instance the Maui’s Dolphin march you lead … remember we helped you prepare for it. We created the 55 red Maui ‘s Dolphin signs, all numbered 1 to 55 representing at that time ‪#‎TheLast55‬ Maui’s Dolphins left in Aotearoa, you can’t forget that…. Now what have you done in regard to this issue since then?

Yep, before the last election Tamati was leading the protests to protect the Maui dolphin. He was all wind then but he was only interested in getting in front of large crowds and looking like a politician. His interest fizzled as soon as people went home.

During the 2014 elections when you ran as the Rotorua candidate for Labour, the TPPA was mentioned to you multiple times by concerned citizens of Rotorua and in particular people helping out with your campaign (which have stopped supporting you). Why did you not listen?

Funny how Tamati suddenly became anti-TPPA overnight as the political climate among the left-wing changed. But have we heard from him on the TPPA since the massive protests? Not really. Again: hiss, roar, fizzle.

I do not support false leadership and I will not stay silent while you exploit water like you do people.

So is this really a principled campaign to ‘protect’ New Zealand water from corporations or is this another political move which has already been forgotten about? Only time will tell.

This water campaign will end up like his others; the “save the Maui Dolphin” protests and his “Keep Waiariki Local” campaign are now just footnotes on social media.

But to put the above rant in context Marama Meikle is a staunch left-wing activist who campaigned solidly for Tamati Coffey in 2014. She organized the Rotorua anti-TPPA protests and got everyone up to Auckland for the big protest earlier this year.

Tamati Coffey has alienated a lot of left-wing supporters in Rotorua with a lot of them going over to now support New Zealand First and National. It will be interesting to see what he does for volunteers next election.

Labour Rotorua digs in heels

Todd McClay could be in for a long wait if he expects an apology from Labour Rotorua for the unsubstantiated slur on the Minister’s character.

Steam N Mud reports Labour Rotorua’s latest response to the furore over their comments:

“We love that you’ve covered the story, but we don’t have anything further to add to our Facebook post,” Mr Marriner said.

“As Labour Rotorua we have no comment, I have no comment and Tamati is comment free on the post. Hope that’s okay. We just don’t have more to add.”   

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Tamati Coffey doesn’t even know his electorate boundaries

Tamati Coffey just can’t put a foot right these days.

One of the most basic requirements of being a candidate is knowing where your electorate is, and by default, where it is not.

Mr Coffey can’t even get this right.

In a recent post he bemoans the loss of “an icon of the Rotorua Electorate”.

It is sad to hear that Kiwi360 – an icon of the Rotorua Electorate, one so famous it even had its own stamp – has been brought and closed for good, with the site set to become the corporate offices of a kiwifruit company.

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Todd McClay fires shot across bow

Todd McClay is muscling up against defamatory statements from Rotorua Labour and Tamati Coffey.

Legal action would be considered should the Rotorua Labour Party “again defame” Rotorua MP Todd McClay.

Mr McClay said in a statement to Steam N Mud today he was “extremely disappointed” at what he considered an unwarranted personal attack over his involvement in the global Panama Tax evasion scandal.

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Nasty Tamati calls McClay corrupt

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Tamati Coffey, bar owner, former weatherman and Labour Party windbag for Rotorua, has gone full retard on Rotorua MP Todd McClay.

You know those Panama Papers that tell people Aotearoa is a great place to launder money?

The NZ Herald has highlighted in the link below how Todd McClay put the IRD’s last review of foreign trusts and their taxes on ice, coincidently around the time John Key’s personal lawyer lobbied for him to do so.

A review that would’ve stopped our global embarrassment in the Panama Papers should it have been allowed to continue.

Mr McClay says the idea he was influenced by his boss’s lawyer “is insulting”, however when you read the corruption trail below, you’ll think being told it’s insulting is the insulting part.

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Tamati Coffey opens mouth with predictable results

Watch as the stupid rolls forth.

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Tamati has a problem with the alcohol industry

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Tamati Coffey, Labour candidate for Rotorua and bar owner, is continuing on his rampage against sugar and pre-mixed drinks.

There seems to be no problem with multi-national corporations promoting sugary drinks that cause tooth decay, obesity and poor health, nor with global brands promoting pre-mixed alcohol to our youth binge drinking culture. Neither does international brands pricing these beverages cheaper than water or milk cause a stir.

So, the Labour candidate who promotes alcohol and makes money from the consumption of it has a problem with our binge drinking culture? This photo (above) and many others like it can be added to the roll call of hypocrisy as far as Mr Coffey is concerned.   Read more »

But hang on Tamati, didn’t you advocate for a sugar tax?

Tamati Coffey, Labour candidate for Rotorua, has written a lot on a sugar tax and uses the hashtag #‎forahealthiernz‬ as he goes on his anti-sugar crusade. He even endorses the “Water Challenge” where you drink only water for the month of April.

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