Labour confirms two candidacy nominations for Tāmaki electorate

By Maiki Sherman

Two people have put their hand up as candidate for the Labour Party in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Shane Taurima is one, the other being Will Flavell. In terms of Shane Taurima, he will require a waiver from the Labour Party as he was not a member for a year before nominations for the seat opened.

However, it's fair to say there's quite a bit of support for Shane Taurima within the Labour Party.

On three occasions the closing date for nominations was extended, mainly due to the investigation by TVNZ into Shane Taurima and allegations regarding his position as GM of Māori and Pacific Programmes.

A role he stood down from following allegations he conducted Labour Party using TVNZ resources.

TVNZ has told Te Kāea the report will be released this week. Now, it's usual practice for a copy of such a report to be provided to those directly affected by the allegations.

This begs the idea that perhaps Shane Taurima has seen a copy and subsequently decided a political future is still on the cards.

As for Will Flavell he is a young man in his 20s who last year was elected onto the Henderson-Massey local board, furthermore, he is the Head of Māori Studies at Rutherford College.

The Labour Party says it will soon set a date for a selection meeting to be held whereby we shall see who gets the nod.