Staunch Labour supporter to take on Māori MP

By Ripeka Timutimu
  • Northland
  • South Island

Labour supporter, Rudy Taylor is running against Labour MP, Nanaia Mahuta for the Senior Māori Vice President position of the Labour Party.

The party’s annual conference is being held this weekend in Palmerston North, where over 500 of its supporters have gathered.

Taylor has been involved with the Labour Party for over 20 years and says, "The Senior Māori Vice President role should be held by a grassroots person, not an MP"

But Mahuta says she is a grassroots person and has a lot to offer the Māori Caucus and the Labour Kaunihera Māori, "I think I could provide advice to those transitioning from our Kaunihera Māori to our Māori caucus. We see the Kaunihera as a breeding ground for our up and coming talent"

Mahuta is the incumbent, but with voting for the position opening today, Taylor could pin the Hauraki-Waikato MP at the post.

Northland Māori Lawyer, Season-Mary Downes is also up for nomination for the Women's Senior Vice President Position.

All results will be announced tomorrow at the final day of the conference.

Tune in to Māori television at 5:30pm for more.