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Shane Taurima

Māori Party

Shane Taurima is the Māori Party’s candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau, a position previously held by Tunuiārangi McLean. This year he joins the race for the Tāmaki Makaurau seat against Labour’s incumbent MP Peeni Henare and Greens candidate Marama Davidson.

Taurima is of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent. 

He first entered politics in 2013 when he contested the Labour Party candidacy for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election. He later went on to run for Labour’s Tāmaki Makaurau candidacy in 2014.

Taurima is a proponent of kaupapa Māori and exponent of te reo. He is a veteran broadcaster who has dedicated much of his life both on and off the screen, to highlighting and investigating some of the most challenging issues facing whānau.

He also helped establish Te Pou Matakana, the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and was Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Minister for Māori Development.

He is the chair of the post-Treaty settlement governance entity, Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust.  

Other candidates in: Tāmaki Makaurau

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This is the earliest election announcement in nine years. Previously, National Prime Ministers have made their announcements in February or March.

PM Ardern explains, “It’s always been my personal view that this is best practice. It’s fair and allows our Electoral Commission to prepare.”

This is the total opposite of her mentor, Helen Clark, who in 2008 announced her last General Election on 12 September, to take place on 8 November.

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Mahuta responds to local election law controversies

Local government minister Nanaia Mahuta issued a press statement about her plans to tackle the local election laws that saw a councillor lose her seat, after being sworn in.

The Murupara-Galatea ward election this October ended with veteran broadcaster Hinerangi Goodman and incumbent Alison Silcock being tied. The tie was settled, as per the current laws, by pulling the winner's name out of a hat. Goodman was then declared the winner.

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Whakatāne Council acknowledges 'profound hurt', calls for hui with Mahuta

Whakatāne District Council wants to meet with Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to discuss flaws in the local electoral legislation. This comes after veteran Māori journalist Hinerangi Goodman was declared the winner of last month’s Galatea-Murupara Ward election and sworn into council, only to later be declared unsuccessful after a recount. 

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We need to vote, Māori mā!

Taking legal action was one of the options discussed, however, a local school principal Pem Bird says we are quick to blame the Pākehā system, but Māori that didn't vote also need to take responsibility.

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Minister for Local Government - “I need to look at the legislation to correct this issue”

Minister for Local Government Nanaia Mahuta says, a recount after a member is officially elected onto council is “concerning”.

This comes after Councillor Alison Silcock was controversially reinstated as the councilor for the Murupara-Galatea ward, after a recount had her one vote ahead of former broadcaster Hinerangi Goodman. 

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EXCLUSIVE: whose name was drawn from the box?

After the votes were tied in the Galatea-Murupara Ward for a place on the Whakatāne District Council, both Hinerangi Goodman and Alison Silcock’s names were put in a box, with a name drawn to determine who would become a councilor. So who was it? Te Ao was the only media present at the drawing of the names, and we interviewed Dale Ofsoske the Electoral Officer who drew the name of the winner out of a box. He tells us who will join council. 

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