You read it on Whaleoil first


via Stuff

For over a month Whaleoil has been telling its readers that Labour candidate Tamati Coffey is preparing to jump to the Waiariki electorate for the 2017 General Election. This would put him up against Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

On Sunday Willie Jackson said the same thing on TVNZ’s Marae programme.

Now the Rotorua Daily Post wades into the issue.

Rotorua Labour Party spokesman Tamati Coffey is staying tight-lipped about his national political aspirations, but has declared he will not be standing in October’s local government elections.

In other words that is a yes. He’s playing it safe and wants a guaranteed confirmation before he puts his cards on the table.

On TVNZ’s Marae programme on Sunday, veteran broadcaster and former politician Willie Jackson said he believed Mr Coffey would run against Te Ururoa Flavell for the Maori seat.

During a debate about using Maori names to promote alcoholic drinks Mr Jackson said: “Tamati’s got political aspirations, he stood at the last election and I believe he is looking at the Maori seat down there – Waiariki”.

The mind boggles but Tamati is the sort of person who thinks he could take on a party leader and win. Waiariki is a Maori seat. Tamati doesn’t speak Maori. Within the last week he’s even had an online petition brought against him because of his breach of Maori values and protocol. He alienated a lot of hardcore Maori voters over that.

Controversial blogger Cameron Slater has stated at least three times recently that Mr Coffey will run in Waiariki.

Yes. You read it on Whaleoil first. The left wing often tries to attack this blog as being unreliable and it is understood similar allegations have been made over news of Tamati shifting to Waiariki. We have been spot on.

He said he would not make any further comment until he had made his final decision on whether or not to run for Parliament, or where.

In other words he’s not committed to the Rotorua electorate.



– Rotorua Daily Post

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