Former TVNZ broadcaster Shane Taurima will not be running for
Parliament as a Labour Party candidate, the party says.
The ruling New Zealand council held a meeting late last night
to decide whether Mr Taurima, the former head of Maori
programming at TVNZ, would be allowed to seek the nomination
for Tamaki Makaurau.
Mr Taurima, one of the most experienced Maori journalists in
the country, required a waiver to become a candidate because
he had not been a Labour member for 12 months.
He resigned from his role at the broadcaster in February
after leaked emails showed he and three staff in the Maori
unit had used company resources for Labour Party planning and
An independent report into political bias at TVNZ released
yesterday criticised Mr Taurima over a clear conflict of
interest and misuse of resources - including a $343 credit
card bill for flying someone to a Labour meeting.
The outcome of the meeting found against Mr Taurima.
A statement from the Labour Party said granting the waiver to
Mr Taurima was "not in the best interests of the party''.
"Labour's New Zealand Council, the party's ruling body, met
last night and declined to grant a waiver to Shane Taurima,
meaning that his nomination for Labour's candidacy in the
Tamaki Makaurau seat cannot proceed.
"The council resolved that granting Mr Taurima the waiver was
not in the best interests of the party, and in reaching that
resolution took into account the contents and conclusions of
yesterday's TVNZ report,'' the statement said.
Labour said the council was due to meet on Thursday night to
discuss whether nominations for the party's Tamaki Makaurau
seat will be reopened.
Maori TV's Julian Wilcox was believed to be interested in the
seat, however was unsure about leaving his journalism career
without a solid chance at election.
TVNZ report findings:
*No evidence of political bias in TVNZ's Maori and Pacific
*TVNZ resources, including offices, used for Labour Party
campaigning and planning.
*TVNZ's management should have asked more questions when
Shane Taurima returned after seeking Labour nomination in the
*Taurima was involved in "extensive'' Labour Party political
activity soon after returning to the job last year.