27 Feb 2019

John Tamihere considers legal challenge on rejection by Labour

From Nine To Noon, 9:10 am on 27 February 2019
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Photo: RNZ / Rowan Quinn

The former Labour cabinet Minister and Auckland Mayoralty candidate John Tamihere, says he is considering a legal challenge to the Labour Party over rejecting his application to rejoin the party.

Mr Tamihere applied to rejoin the party late last year. But on Monday he received an email saying his application had been rejected.

Mr Tamihere says he hasn't been given a good reason - and claims Labour is trying to rort the race for Auckland mayor, as it has already endorsed his opponent and former Labour leader Phil Goff in the contest.

Rudy Taylor from the Labour party's Māori council, Te Kaunihera Māori, says Mr Tamihere has not received natural justice.