Halfwit former mayor to run for Maori party?

I called the former mayor of New Plymouth, Andrew Judd, a halfwit and it was such a revelation their local paper ran it as a story.

Now it sounds like the halfwit is going to try his hand at national politics.

The Maori Party has been shoulder tapping some big names as candidates in the Maori seats, but has resorted to advertising for candidates in general seats and on the party list: and they don’t have to be Maori.

Newspaper advertisements for the party call for candidates, but party president Tukoroirangi Morgan denied the advertisement was because the party was struggling to find candidates.

“We have a checklist of names, but the best way is to reach out.”

He said the party wanted to stand Pasifika candidates in areas such as South Auckland to try to build up the party vote among Pacific voters.

“I would expect for us to be contesting both Mangere and Manukau. We are working with some key Pacific leaders, church leaders, to select the appropriate people.”

He said Pasifika communities were treated “tokenistically” by the main parties, and shared many of the same values and problems as Maori.

 

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The Maori Party has cut a deal with the Mana Party which will ensure they do not stand against each other in the Maori seats – Hone Harawira will stand in Te Tai Tokerau and Maori Party candidates in the remaining six electorates.

To counter that, Labour’s Maori MPs have opted not to stand on the party list so Maori voters know they have to win their electorate to stay in Parliament.

Morgan said whoever had come up with that tactic had helped the Maori Party a lot.

“We’ll be saying to our people what’s the point giving them your party vote. Give it to us. There ain’t any Maori on their list anymore, and once we wipe the floor with them there will be no Maori caucus in the Labour Party which will be absolutely amazing.”

Davis said he wouldn’t expect anything different from Morgan.

“If he’s so confident of ‘wiping the floor’ with us, why don’t their electorate candidates go off the list. Put up or shut up.”

He said staying off the list would also improve the chances for Maori in general seats, such as Willow Jean Prime and Kiri Allen, to get better list slots.

Morgan was also hoping for some Pakeha candidates and had been talking to former New Plymouth mayor Andrew Judd about standing. Judd, who fought for Maori wards in New Plymouth, has not ruled it out and joined the Maori Party more than a year ago.

 

Good luck with that fool.

Who wants a bleeding heart liberal white guilt trip candidate?

 

– NZ Herald

 


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