Taurima’s actions may result in nomination extension

By Maiki Sherman

According to the Labour Party, some people may have been put off in putting their names forward as potential candidates following the debacle regarding Shane Taurima.

Serious consideration is now on the table to extend the nomination period.  There's no denying Shane Taurima is at the centre of the possible extension.

Labour says they'll decide tomorrow, but if a new date was to be set the party says a factor would be the completion of an internal review underway by TVNZ into Shane Taurima and the allegations he faces.

In terms of the Māori electorates, here's how they're looking so far:

In Tāmaki Makaurau, Shane Taurima's name is obviously being thrown about for Labour.

For the Māori Party, names that have been put forward include Te Hira Paenga, Tūnuiarangi McLean and George Ngatai.

In Te Tai Tokerau, Hone Harawira will again stand for Mana, and Kelvin Davis is being sought after yet again for the Labour Party.

The competition is already underway in Te Tai Hauāuru - Adrian Rurawhe for Labour and Chris McKenzie for the Māori Party.

In Waiariki - Te Ururoa Flavell and Annette Sykes are set to stand again, but it seems there's competition ahead between haka exponents, Ryan Te Wara of Te Iti Kahurangi, and Rawiri Waititi of Te Whānau-a-Apanui. 

In Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, Labour's Meka Whaitiri and Mana's Te Hāmua Nikora are set to go head-to-head again, and there's been no confirmation or otherwise on those seeking Hauraki-Waikato and Te Tai Tonga, apart from the incumbent MPs.