Tamihere comments unacceptable: Shearer

VERNON SMALL
Last updated 11:33 04/12/2012
SHOOTING FROM THE LIP: John Tamihere.
ANDREW GORRIE/Fairfax NZ
SHOOTING FROM THE LIP: John Tamihere.

Relevant offers

National

Sisters of girl in Palmerston North abduction 'screamed street down' for help Huge fire at Silverstream McDonald's is extinguished Sisters of girl in Palmerston North abduction 'screamed street down' for help Government gives another $100k to deportee support service Irish surfer encourages Iranian women to ride the waves Uncertainty surrounds Southland's Prime Range Meats as workers are sent home Auckland, Nelson most winning regions in New Zealand sport Killed Christchurch cyclist Richard Chandler a 'musical genius', family says Mighty River Power employee accused of fraud described as a 'bully' NZQA is reviewing its policy on writers not typing for special needs students

Labour leader David Shearer says John Tamihere's comments would be unacceptable for a member of his caucus, but he would not rule him out as a candidate for the party in 2014.

Tamihere, who is a talk back host on Radio Live, was readmitted to the party at the weekend, and afterwards said he would not rule out seeking Labour's nomination for a seat at the next election.

But he has since said Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is "fat" and called TV3 gallery reporter Tova O'Brien "silly".

On his way into the weekly caucus meeting of Labour MPs today, Shearer said he did not agree with Tamihere and many of his comments.

"But at the end of the day he is also a shock jock. It's what he does for a living.''

If he wanted to be a candidate he would have to front up and explain himself, but there was a queue of people who wanted to be Labour MPs.

"We will take the best person for the job and that will be decided on a proper selection...I'm not going to express an opinion about one candidate against another. That is not my job as the leader."

Asked if he would be embarrassed if he was picked as a candidate he said it was hypothetical, although it would be unacceptable for a member of the caucus to make the sorts of comments Tamihere had made.

Shearer said Tamihere was one of thousands of members of the Labour party but as leader he did not express an opinion on every utterance of those members.

It was up to the party to take any action against Tamihere, if he broke the constitution, not for the leader.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content