Coffey selected as Labour's Rotorua candidate

BENN BATHGATE
Last updated 17:02 29/03/2014
Tamati Coffey
Benn Bathgate
SELECTION SUCCESS: Tamati Coffey, Rotorua's Labour MP nominee.

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Tamati Coffey has officially been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Rotorua.

Speaking just after the voting at this morning's selection meeting Coffey said he was elated to have secured the bid to challenge National's Todd McClay for the role of Rotorua MP.

''It's been a good open democratic process. I've had to fight for it, it's not been something that's been handed to me,'' he said.

''I've had to fight for it but I can actually stand here now and say I was triumphant. I'm the Rotorua Labour candidate and I can say it with confidence.''

Coffey said it had been a tough process to secure the nomination ahead of rivals Dr Angela Sharples and Hugh Kininmonth,and acknowledged that the real work would begin now.

''I was saying to the members I feel a bit like a pit bull that's been kept in a cage for too long. I need to get out because we've got a big job ahead.''

He said that with the election in just under six months time, the nomination process for the Labour candidate was ''late in the game.''

''But I'm good with that because I know we've got our Labour Party members all behind me.''

He said he now planned to start engaging with the Rotorua public.

''It's going to start one door at a time. I've got six months of door knocking in front of me and I'm going to be there, I'm going to show my face because that's important.''

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