Wilcox won't stand as Labour candidate

Julian Wilcox. Photo / Natalie Slade
Julian Wilcox. Photo / Natalie Slade

Maori broadcaster Julian Wilcox has no plans to run for Parliament in this year's election, Maori Television has confirmed.

The network said Mr Wilcox had made an "unequivocal statement" that he was not seeking political office for any political party in the general election.

Mr Wilcox was believed to be considering a bid for Labour's candidacy in Tamaki Makaurau after journalist Shane Taurimu was blocked by the party last week.

Maori TV said in a statement titled "Response to Media Speculation" that Mr Wilcox remained committed to his job as general manager of news and current affairs.

Chief executive Paora Maxwell said: "MTS accepts Mr Wilcox's written statement and we will continue to value our editorial independence in providing impartial and independent news coverage of significant regional and national stories from a Maori perspective."

Mr Wilcox was one of several journalists whose political ambitions or connections were questioned last week.

Mr Taurima was blocked by Labour following the release of a report which showed he had misused TVNZ resources for political purposes while he was head of its Maori unit.

TV3 media commentator Linda Clark's work for Labour leader David Cunliffe also came under scrutiny.

Labour now has just one nomination for the Tamaki Makaurau candidacy, Auckland teacher Will Flavell.

The seat is currently held by Maori Party MP Pita Sharples, who is not seeking re-election.

- NZ Herald

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