Tamihere banned too?

The tipline is humming, the word on the street is that John Tamihere has been banned from attending the Labour party conference despite expressing a willingness to return to fold to represent “Waitakere Man” for Labour once again.

My understanding is that he was wanting to participate in discussions of the Maori Policy Council, he is of course a senior figure in the Maori Urban Authority.

Maori unemployment is 25% and Labour doesn’t want to listen.

If correct that Labour has banned Tamihere from attending then it shows what a shadow of its former self the party has become, isolationist and self absorbed. No wonder “Waitakere Man” has abandoned them.


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  • LesleyNZ

    Very gay of the Labour Party to this. Labour’s loss – some other party’s gain – but which one?

    • blazer

      the Frontbums Forward Party perhaps.

    • GregM

      Absolutely Labours loss, Winston First would be my guess.

    • Mitch82

      I don’t think they thought of the repercussions here. Next edition of the Truth:

      “Labour ban the truth at their annual conference!”

      • davcav

        More like “No Truth at the Labour Conference”.

  • Travis Poulson

    If that’s not a hint Mr Tamihere, I’ll eat this can after I’ve drank the beer in it.

  • Mitch82


    You guys should hold your own conference for people banned from the Labour Conference.

    • Travis Poulson

      If it were me, I’d be wearing the ban like a badge of honour. Maybe I’ll even get some t-shirts printed:

      Banned from Labour Party conference

      • GregM

        Heh! The polo shirt logo could be :

        • Travis Poulson

          Maybe I’ll do a line of straight jackets as well.

          • Mitch82

            I know the basics of screenprinting, and I know my local Warehouse sells Mod-Podge. Could be an earner if you’re keen ;)

      • Lion_ess

        Idea Travis, they’d probably go viral

        • Travis Poulson

          If I had the funds I would, and would advertised them on Truth as well as here, but unfortunately I’m saving every available penny for a nice new anchor to go around my neck.

          • Lion_ess

            It’s supposed to hang off the back of the boat dude.

      • cows4me

        I’ll take one Travis.

        • Travis Poulson

          Probably a bit late now, but maybe I’ll make some for the next election campaign, that way it’ll have a bit more impact:

          Banned from Labour Party conference 2012, 2013

    • Lion_ess

      At this rate, you’d need a larger venue

  • blazer

    belongs in the Nat Party with ‘Keysey’.

  • empire32

    Cant believe that he ISNT in the National party.

  • Thakur Ranjit Singh

    Labour need to come out clear on this. If they have banned the famous son of Waitakere, (we say, West is Best) they cannot expect sympathy and respect from traditional Labour supporters. John would have been a threat to many Johnny come late. He would have added colour and vigour to the party. Hope the party does not get the title of ” gaggle of gays and lesbians”

    • Travis Poulson

      Beg your pardon?

      “Hope the party does not get the title of ” gaggle of gays and lesbians”

      They already have it. In recent weeks I made the comment that I didn’t want Tamihere in National, however I find myself moving away from that comment but still have that niggle about the fact he’s wanting to join Labour, aka The Muppet Show.

      John Tamihere is too far to the right for Labour, the sooner he wakes himself up the better.

      If he joined National and ran for Waitakere I’d probably even vote for him, but that’s virtually on the verge of impossibility. And I wouldn’t be entirely comfortable voting for a Winston First candidate either.

      • Catwoman

        Pardon????????????? You gave me stick for suggesting that last week!

        • Travis Poulson

          I didn’t give you stick for calling the Labour Party a gaggle of gays and lesbians?

          • Travis Poulson

            Oh yes, I remember the comment you are referring to, and good call on your part, however in my defence I did say:

            “In recent weeks I made the comment that I didn’t want Tamihere in National, however I find myself moving away from that comment but still have that niggle about the fact he’s wanting to join Labour, aka The Muppet Show.”

            So i still maintain some hesitance to support him because of his left leaning stance. I still remain open to changing my mind on that.

    • LesleyNZ

      Labour already has that title. That is the problem. Labour can no longer relate to the traditional labour voter. A lot of loyal Labour voters are turning Green.

  • Phar Lap

    Think he was banned because he said the big overweight mouth known as Nanaia Cybelle Mahuta had everything going for her in a negative way,all she needed was a limp,that was when Cun*liffe chose her as a running mate,when he went head to head with the UN reject Shearer, when Lie-bour were desperate for someone to lead them out of the wilderness.

  • Lion_ess

    Had they welcomed his attendance, this would have shown the LP has some balls – but of course we all know they haven’t

    • Mitch82

      Seriously, what have they got to lose? If they’re going to be a punchline, they may as well invite all the best characters and make it a hilarious punchline.

  • Zephyr Cobalt

    And so he should be banned! John is a thinker, a strategist, has a sense of humour, honest, loyal to his friends, consistent, and a politician.
    He is not deceitful, a liar, power hungry, gay, abusive of his position, or manipulative. No wonder Labour does not want him – he just doesn’t fit.

    • Travis Poulson

      I’m not sure Shane Jones fits either. After watching Backbenches (or backbenchers?) and watching him for the last few years I find it difficult to fault the guy. I’ve been looking for reasons to dislike him, and it seems there aren’t too many. So what if he likes a bit of porn, it was a storm in a teacup compared to some of the other expenditures by other MP’s, with Chris Carter labelling the criticism/publication of his spending as “gay bashing”.

      Shane has handed the Greens and the prepubescent Gareth Hughes their arse on a plate on more than one occasion. JT has handed his former party their arse on a plate several times now. They won’t want him back, it beggars beyond belief as to why he wants back in, or why he would think they would want him.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    I have said for many years that JT is a good guy who was in the wrong Party. He can run rings around some of the National cork soakers

    • thor42


      He’s got energy, and he says what he thinks. The Nats *should* give him an invite.

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Think Tank is good, I watch it sometimes depending who the leftie panel is.
        How many people want to tell John Tamihere to run for National?

  • cows4me

    He was just on TV3 news being asked something about gays , he said something like it’s not his fault he likes women. He’s dog tucker now, mos well join the foreign legion.

    • LesleyNZ

      Good on him!

    • Patrick

      Klarkenfurher is oiling up the strap on now….Johnny boy is going to get dealt to big time for that comment

  • BR

    Tamahere got banned because he isn’t faggot enough.


  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    My labour spies tell me that JT will be walking with Sheep to a thunderous applause and that is how Sheep will put his authority seal on his leadership. Watch for it guys!

  • Lion_ess

    Pathetic of the Labour Party to “ban” people from attending their Conference. Clearly they are aware they have no ability to change the minds of people who are not current affiliates; and that these people may ridicule their policies, precisely because they are ridiculous. I mean what’s on first – Compulsory Te Reo until 15 years of age or banning plastic bags? How exciting for New Zealand (the eyes have now crossed) – nearly asleep.

  • Teletubby

    Have I got this wrong or did this fit of banning start about the same time dear leader turned up in he country? Seems she is still in charge and with Keys star fading and National having no apparent coalition partner I wouldn’t be surprised to see her back as leader going into the next election

    • Sooty

      Me I would tell her to go sit on her broomstick. Hopefully NZ has moved on from the most corrupt goverment in nz history

  • JeffDaRef

    If they set up their own party, or took over NZ First and put Winnie out to pasture, I’d be more than happy to see JT and Shane Jones as coalition partners with National in 2014 – far more aligned on economic issues, and could easily find compromise on social issues – jeez I’m almost getting excited, it would be a damn good Government!!!

  • Patrick

    Sorry no expert on these matters but what would stop JT standing as an independant out West?