NZ’s Dodgiest LBP Nominee – Cheryl Brown-Talamaivao

Now this could be confusing but bear with me here.

In 2010 this Labour candidate has a different name…Sailauama Cheryl Talamaivao

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Now she is standing under a new name…Cheryl Brown-Talamaivao, she has dropped all the Samoan palaver in front of her name and added in the hyphenated version. 

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The locals have got a bit upset thinking that Cheryl Brown-Talamaivao may have done this just to promoter herself up the list of candidates on the ballot paper when they are listed alphabetically.

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A google search of both names suggests that the addition of “Brown” is a recent affectation. She also unsuccessfully stood in 2007 under her old name. So that is two elections as just Cheryl Talamaivao and now she has added “Brown”.

Sailauama Cheryl Talamaivao stood unsuccessfully for Waitakere Licensing Trust in 2007 but was heartened by 2714 votes from Te Atatu residents.

“But if you give it a go once, you must do it again,” she said. “It’s important that people know you are serious.”

In her case again and again and again.

It has all the appearances of dodgy ratbag behaviour in a bid to get elected.


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