LABOUR LEADER: Three men and a woman to contest Labour’s top job
Four candidates will fight for the Labour leadership title. Andrew Little, David Parker, Grant Robertson and Nanaia Mahuta registered their nominations before the 5pm deadline today.
Before any formal shots have been fired, one very clear message has come through. Each candidate considers the Maori and Pacific bloc a crucial factor to their chances of success.
All four candidates have purposely gained support from Maori/Pacific MPs or both to nominate them for the top job. Or it may well be the Maori and Pacific members strategically positioning themselves to be in the camp of whoever wins the contest. In any case, it gives a fairly good indication of the possible make-up of the victor’s team.
Andrew Little is nominated by Poto Williams, Nanaia Mahuta by Louisa Wall and Su’a Viliamu Sio, David Parker by Jenny Salesa and Damien O’Connor, and Grant Robertson by Kris Faafoi and Rino Tirikatene.
For political analysts, those two factors are enough to feed equations and permutations into their CSI tools. By the time of the first two hustings they will have a fairly good idea of who the favourite will be as well as the numbers in each of the four camps. The first of 15 Husting meetings will take place on 22 October at Wellington Girls High School.
Pacific Guardians will publish its analysis previewing the hustings and mettle of each candidate and of their support teams.
The new leader will be announced on Tuesday, 18 November.
NOMINEES FOR LABOUR PARTY LEADER
Andrew Little (nominated by Poto Williams and Iain Lees-Galloway)
Nanaia Mahuta (nominated by Louisa Wall and Su’a William Sio)
David Parker (nominated by Damien O’Connor and Jenny Salesa)
Grant Robertson (nominated by Kris Faafoi and Rino Tirikatene).
The election will proceed with ballot forms being distributed electronically and by post from Monday 20th October onwards.The first two of fifteen Husting meetings (including one online) will take place in Wellington and Palmerston North.
- Wellington (Wednesday 22nd October at Wellington Girls High School, Pipitea/Murphy Streets starting at 7.30pm)
- Palmerston North (Thursday 23rd October at the Community Leisure Centre. 569 Ferguson St starting at 7.30pm).