Audrey Young is the New Zealand Herald’s political editor.

Rudy Taylor endorsed as Labour's Maori VP

Rudy Taylor. Photo / File
Rudy Taylor. Photo / File

The Labour Party's Maori council has publicly endorsed northern-based Rudy Taylor over Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta for the role of senior Maori Vice President of the party.

Both candidates addressed the Labour conference this morning in Wigram ahead of tomorrow's vote.

Despite the council's preference, Ms Mahuta appeared to have stronger vocal support from the delegates.

Before their speeches, Te Kaunihera Maori president Daniel Phillips said the council had yesterday had decided its preferred choice was Rudy Taylor.

The role of senior Vice President was previously held by the late Parekura Horomia but after his death, passed a policy preference that the position not be held by a sitting MP.

The election will be held tomorrow morning by all voting delegates behind closed doors. Among the constitutional remits also to be debated tomorrow is one allowing only Maori members to vote in the future for the Maori Vice President.

Another remit supports a pilot process by which the Te Kaunihera Maori undertake an initial ranking of Maori candidates for the 2014 election instead of leaving it entirely to the list ranking committee.

- NZ Herald

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