Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Derek Fox Maori Party Candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti

Derek Fox - Maori Party Candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti

Saturday 8 March 2008

An elated chairperson for the Maori Party electorate of Ikaroa Rawhiti, last night announced the candidate to contest the General Elections in 2008 is Derek Fox.

"Derek Tini Fox, of Ngati Porou and Ngati Kahungunu, is an excellent candidate for us to take the Ikaroa Rawhiti seat" said Mr Paku.

"Derek has devoted his life to bringing the voice of Maori across the airwaves, through his career in television, print, radio and Maori media" said Mr Paku.

"His decision now, to stand for a strong and independent Maori voice in Parliament has been warmly welcomed by the peoples of Ikaroa Rawhiti, who see in Derek an outstanding communicator, a sharp political analyst, and a true representative of the people".

"Politics has been in his blood for many years, whether as local government councillor for Mahia and Nuhaka, as Mayor of Wairoa, or as an independent candidate in the 1999 General Elections" said Mr Paku.

"The Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate selection campaign was extremely tough" said Party President, Whatarangi Winiata. "Derek faced formidable competition from the extremely strong lineup of Glenis Philip-Barbara, Mereana Pitman, Keriana Tawhiwhirangi and Atareta Poananga".

The candidate selection process for the Maori Party started on Saturday 1 March at Hinerupe Marae in Te Araroa, and consisted of hui and roving polling booths right across the electorate.

"The nominees had to present to large hui of members at Te Araroa, Ruatorea, Tolaga Bay, Gisborne, Wairoa, Napier, Hastings, Waipukurau, Dannevirke, Masterton and Wainuiomata" said Professor Winiata.

"I congratulate all of our nominees for their impressive work over the last week in particular, and am delighted that we have a candidate of the calibre of Derek Fox to lead us into the elections" said Professor Winiata.

"This completes our selection process for the candidates for the seven Maori electorate seats" said Professor Winiata.

"With a Marae Digipoll result last week showing that the Maori Party would take the Ikaroa Rawhiti seat (54% of voters); and the fantastic lineup of seven candidates that the membership has now selected, the Maori Party is in very good health for 2008" ended Professor Winiata.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>


Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>


Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>


Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election