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Meet Haydn Marriner, the man at the table.   He’s at a Labour Party event in Rotorua.  You can clearly see Labour’s Phil Twyford there telling people about the homeless in Rotorua.  

No real surprise that Haydn Marriner is there.  You may not ever have heard of him, but a quick Google shows you why he is there.

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The local Rotorua LEC chairman no less.  A real grassroots Labour disciple.

Haydn is also running for the Rotorua council right now.

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Instead of using Labour Red, Haydn is using pink.  This may have something to do with his advocacy for LGBTQWERTYUIOP issues, although he doesn’t want to say.

So here is his campaign signage:

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And he has a dog! Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute.

He is strongly linked to Steve Chadwick, Rotorua’s current mayor, but an ex-Labour MP.

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A very SOLID Labour candidate there.

So, I guess you would be surprised to find that he’s actually standing as an Independent?

How credible is this?   A little bit of further research shows that he is chairman of the Rotorua Labour Electorate Committee. It has been under his watch that a serious of unfortunate stories have broken; including a journalist being called a ‘nobody’ by their candidate’s partner and revelations of appalling financial management. To make matters worse for his sense of independence, Haydn Marriner has all his billboards authorized by Tim Smith (Tamati’s Coffey’s partner) and his campaign headquarters is Tamati’s house. The links don’t end there either.

The dog in all of Haydn’s billboards isn’t even his dog. It is Tamati’s dog and goes by the name Anzac. The photo shoot is about as contrived as a politician can get without somehow also fitting in a baby and a little old lady. It is almost as fake as his grin.

But wait! His independence isn’t to do with the Labour Party, he’ll say, it is to do with local politics.

He’ll need to tell Steve Chadwick that. As a former Labour Cabinet Minister, Steve Chadwick is clearly backing Haydn and she expects him to back her. So Haydn’s independence is about is valid as the independence of a dog on a lead (something he apparently stands for as well as bringing them into the CBD).

And this could just be the beginning. Little birds talk and with Tamati Coffey leaving the Rotorua electorate in disarray and jumping over to Waiariki, Haydn looks likely to use this campaign to propel him into the candidacy for the Rotorua seat.

 


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