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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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.