Tamati Coffey gains at taxpayer expense

Tamati Coffey, notorious Labour Party candidate and windbag for Rotorua, today plays host to Labour Party Maori MPs as they visit the Rotorua electorate.

Peeni Henare, Nanaia Mahuta, Adrian Rurawhe, Kelvin Davis and Meka Whaitiri have this morning met with Mayor Steve Chadwick to discuss the partnership between iwi, the new Te Tatau o Te Arawa board and transferring ownership of Hamurana Springs back to Ngati Rangiwewehi.

Like pigs to a trough.

The group will also be visiting Mitai Maori Village and talk to owner, Weteini Mitai on how its business model incorporates tikanga/ kaupapa Maori. This afternoon they will take a tour of Scion Research Institute and Tamaki Village before a meet and greet session at Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar tonight.

So a brief trip around a couple of tourist attractions, a CRI and then a bar, all at the taxpayers’ expense. Sounds like a good trip. But this bar isn’t just any bar; it is owned by their very own spokesperson, Tamati Coffey.

So he uses his pull as candidate or spokesperson to invite MPs to town, paid for by the taxpayer, and then they hold a public meeting in his bar, while we can only assume it is expected people will buy their own drinks and snacks.

This might not be illegal but candidates need to keep their hands clean with suspected conflicts of interest.