Goff defends list after Maori advice ignored

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(Waatea News) Labour leader Phil Goff says the party’s list is strong for Maori.

The party’s Maori advisory council’s choices were brushed aside by the majority on the 36-person list moderating committee.

That meant Tai Tokerau candidate Kelvin Davis ranked behind fellow MP Moana Mackey and Mr Goff’s staffer Deborah Mahuta-Coyle got a winnable list sport ahead of Northland candidate Lynette Stewart.

Mr Goff says Labour will have at least six Maori MPs in the next parliament.

We’ve got people like Parekura and Shane Jones high on the list but weve also got new candidates coming in. Deborah Mahuta-Coyle, a Huntly girl, but weve also got some interesting people, Lynette Stewart. Shes been chair of the district health board and chief executive up there, well known in the north, well liked, hugely experienced, he says.

The rankings mean Rino Tirikatene in Te Tai Tonga, Louis Te Kani in Waiariki and Soraya Peke-Mason in Te Tai Hauauru will have to defeat their Maori Party opponents to make it to parliament.

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