Is Labour breaking their own rules to parachute Shane Taurima in to parliament?

Keeping Stock blogs about a little rule problem Labour has in attempting to parachute Shane Taurima into parliament. If Shane Taurima fails at selection I’m not sure how he can credibly continue to work as the host of a current affairs show now that he has shown just how partisan he is…unless it is of course some sort of left wing slanted show…oh wait.

If what Shane Taurima told John Drinnan from the Herald last week is correct, Shane Taurima does not qualify to stand for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti nomination. The NZLP rules of course leave the party with an “out” in that the NZ Council can grant a waiver.

We saw that in the Mana by-election in 2010 when Phil Goff’s press secretary Kris Faafoi suddenly won the Labour nomination for the safe Labour seat ahead of the LEC’s choice, Josie Pagani. The nett result of that decision was that Faafoi turned a 2008 majority of 6155 to a very close contest, only beating off Hekia Parata by 1406 votes, narrowly avoiding a real embarrassment for the party. 
We doubt that Labour’s grip on Ikaroa-Rawhiti will be tested, as there will still be an immense amount of goodwill towards the late Parekura Horomia. But transporting in a candidate who does not have a strong local support base could cause Labour problems next year.

But it begs the question; should political parties be able to drag someone in off the streets who has no previous background with the party? In this case it’s the Labour Party, but it is not a problem which is limited to them; most parties in the current Parliament have engaged in it to some degree. And why have a rule like #251 at all, if it can be so easily circumvented?

LP rules


The other fascinating thing is the predilection of journalists to want to go to parliament for Labour…and there is a lot of them…they either end up working for Labour or becoming MPs. It does make one wonder if there are any right-wingers working as journalists.


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  • Macca

    If there is a right wing journo out there, I ‘d certainly like to know who it is because I’m buggered if I can think of any!
    When was the last time the MSM acknowledged that National have been doing a good job? Sure, you won’t agree with everything they do but by in large….. can anyone imagine how Liebour and the Gweens would have dealt with Christchurch? They’d still be arguing over the Cathedral like that Twat Anderson!

    • Rangi

      Laws?, Slater?, Plunket?, Garner?, Reason?, Those are the only ones who come to mind immediately. Rest assured – there’s friggin heaps!

      • Macca

        Reason – never even heard of! Laws and Slater aren’t main stream and if you think Garner and Plunket are right leaning, then you, my good fellow are nuttier than squirrel shit!

        • Rangi

          Holmes? (RIP), Du Fresne, Farrar, O’sullivan, Henry – come on, stop being such a homo-sook there’s heaps! Who ever bought this up needs a fucking uppercut!

          • Timboh

            Hey thanks.I was out troll spotting. Got one!

    • No they would be fighting over who’s face was going on the NZ dollar note, Nosy Shearer, Normal Norman , or Tank Turei.

      • Patrick

        Wouldn’t bother with the small denominations, once Norman’s printing press gets cranked up you would be best off getting your face on the $NZ billion dollar note, it would be in circulation slightly longer.

  • Patrick

    Listening to Pagani’s utterances on Larry Williams’ show suggests she would add very little of a constructive nature to NZ politics, she is just another deluded socialist hand wringer. NZ politics is stacked full of those already.

    • JeffDaRef

      Though at least she does sound nice, not nasty – the sisterhood would probably disown her!

  • Whanga_Cynic

    Who the fuck is Shane Taurima?

    • kehua

      Don`t show your own ignorance, why the fuck don`t you know of him Whanga dumbo.

      • Whanga_Cynic

        Well, as I’ve already shown my ignorance, who the fuck is he?

        • OT Richter

          I find it hard to believe you don’t know who he is. Moron.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      A cross between Shane Jones and Tariana Turia

      • Whanga_Cynic

        What porn for nice Mums?

    • He’s the bloke who as at last week, was not a member of the Labour Party, when Rule 251 of the Labour Party constitution requires people seeking an electorate seat to have been a member of the party for one year. Therein lies Labour’s dilemma in parachuting him in.

      He’s also the neutral interviewer on Q+A, but if you believe that he’s neutral when he aspires to be a Labour Party MP, you’ll believe anything. To his credit, he has stood aside from Q+A as of this week.

      • Whanga_Cynic

        Aaah, that’s why I don’t know who he is; I never watch that crap.

  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    ” It does make one wonder if there are any right-wingers working as journalists.”

    Very few in Australia, it seems. See Andrew Bolt.

  • johnbronkhorst

    “…….as there will still be an immense amount of goodwill towards the late Parekura Horomia”
    Why (at the risk of being a little sick), is he going to share some of his “ghost chips”?

    • Horomia had enormous mana in the electorate John. If it was perceived that Labour was not following his wishes, Labour could yet get a nasty surprise.

      • johnbronkhorst

        I was being disrespectful to taurima, as he has earned no respect. Horomia, on the other hand has earned enormous respect (no pun), even though I can’t stand his politics!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I understand Sheep is going to challenge John Key to win this seat…..

  • Johnny T

    TVNZ has very much a left wing bias, and no surprises here.

  • Pete

    There’s no right of centre journos out there because all journos take non-business touchy feely subjects at uni which biases them forever towards the softer part of society – the have nots and whingers etc.

    • Troy

      It doesn’t help that the journo’s are a pack of soft-cocks. They haven’t the balls to dig deep into leftwing loonie policies – no surprise they end up being the Liarbour Party lapdogs. Can anyone name at least 5 right wing leaning journo’s (that are any good?).