No decision on Tamaki Makaurau

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Last updated 13:06 16/05/2014

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Labour's ruling council has put on hold a decision on reopening nominations for the Tamaki Makaurau seat pending further meetings with representatives in the electorate.

Party secretary Tim Barnett said Thursday's meeting of the council confirmed it would not give former TVNZ staffer Shane Taurima a waiver to stand in the seat.

It blocked him in the wake of a report into his mis-use of TVNZ resources for party business.

A waiver was needed because he had not been a member for a year, but the local electorate committee had asked the council to re-consider.

Following last night's meeting the council of the Labour Party issued a statement saying it had resolved to meet the Tamaki Makaurau Labour Electorate Committee over the next few days to discuss the selection of a candidate.  

"The matter remains an internal one. When there are decisions to be released externally, they will be communicated to the media."

If Labour does not reopen nominations the sole remaining nominee, Auckland teacher Will Flavell, is set to be confirmed as the candidate.

Labour expects to win the seat after the retirement of sitting MP Maori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples.

If nominations are reopened it is tipped that Maori TV broadcaster Julian Wilcox will put his hat in the ring for Labour.

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