Nat MP Nuk Karako Quits

Written By: - Date published: 1:58 pm, April 15th, 2019 - 19 comments
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National Party list MP Tutehounuku (Nuk) Korako has announced that he will leave Parliament in a month’s time.

While the MP refers to his leaving as a retirement, he has only been in the House for 5 years. In that time he chaired the Nat’s Maori caucus, covered up rival’s elections signs, and infamously sponsored a bill about lost luggage.

Leaving now certainly doesn’t look like a ringing endorsement of Simon Bridges’ leadership and may be a sign that the Tories are resigned to losing in 2020.

While the timing does seems odd, the MP says it is to help his successor get to know the issues and people of Port Hills ahead of next year’s election.

That successor will be West Aucklander Paulo Garcia, who will become National’s first Filipino MP.  Presumably the new MP will be relocating to Christchurch, having previously stood and lost in the New Lynn electorate.

Mr Korako twice stood for the Port Hills seat, losing to Ruth Dyson both times. Long serving Labour MP Dyson will also be retiring, though not till the next election.

Mr Korako will give his valedictory speech on 1 May, 2019.

19 comments on “Nat MP Nuk Karako Quits”

  1. Visubversa 1

    Just what the National Caucus needs – another religious extremist.

    • James 1.1

      “– another religious extremist.”

      Would you have said that if he was Muslim ?

      • Sabine 1.1.1

        if he were a religious extremist why yes.

        being a Muslim does not make one an extremist. in the same sense that being a christian does not make one an extremist.

        however holding extremists views hidden behind religious believe and espousing bigotry is what makes one an religious extremist.

        but then you are a bloke and there will be no one who will regulate your body, what you can do with your body, and such. That is reserved for women, or people who don’t subscribe to the heterosexual life style. right?

      • In Vino 1.1.2

        Strange question. What are you aiming at, James? Accusing Visubversa of being brave enough to criticise a Christian, but not having the guts to do the same to an extremist Muslim? Are you calling Visubversa a coward, or is there some other obscure point you are struggling to make? What are you suggesting about Muslims?

        • James

          I’m saying his views (which I don’t agree with) hardly make him a religious extremist.

          If a more traditional Muslim said what they believe in a religious context- who you be happy with us calling them religious extremists?

          • In Vino

            So we are supposed to second-guess what you think is extremist? Your point was indeed obscure. Your attitude to Muslims remains unclear. (Muslims are more prone to extremism, and more dangerous?) Your initial question suggested that Visubversa would not have dared say it of a Muslim.
            As an atheist, I personally am not very impressed with any of those for whom you pretend such concern.

            • James

              If you cannot gauge the connotation of what religious extremist means in today’s society then I suggest you try reading the news.

              • In Vino

                Oh dear. ‘Gauge the connotation’ indeed.. Failed smokescreen, I think.
                You are waffling again, James. Trolling is less easy than you thought?

  2. mickysavage 2

    Paulo does not believe in recreational fornication and thinks his view will go down well out west. It might do but in West Vatican city, but not in West Auckland.

    • Well, assuming he does move south, he’d best avoid Victoria Park and the other handy canoodling spots in the Port Hills electorate if he wants his puritanical vision left unsullied.

      • Dukeofurl 2.1.1

        List Mps dont move , they are generally not ‘tied’ to electorate of the previous list Mp they replace.

        The real reason Karako quit was he backed the loser in the Nats leadership contest, Amy Adams.

    • Poission 2.2

      A letter from the Pope (Alexander)

      But soon by impious arms from Latium chas’d,
      Their ancient bounds the banished Muses pass’d;
      Thence arts o’er all the northern world advance;
      But critic-learning flourish’d most in France.
      The rules a nation born to serve, obeys,
      And Boileau still in right of Horace sways.
      But we, brave Britons, foreign laws despis’d,
      And kept unconquer’d, and uncivilis’d,
      Fierce for the liberties of wit, and bold,
      We still defied the Romans, as of old.

    • Doogs 2.3

      Yeah, I’ve heard Paulo speak. He came as a guest speaker to our organisation – in West Auckland – and he’s a boring, conservative, religious, light weight flunkey with just a touch of self promotional arrogance. Not sure they’ll go for him down there. It’s my old stamping ground and although there are a good number of conservative and farming sector voters, there remains a fair degree of racism among many Cantabs. They may well reject him for being an import and (shock horror!) a brown man.

  3. vto 3

    Dear old Nuk. Good man, but not so suited to politics methinks. I reckon he simply had enough …

    • JanM 3.1

      A ‘good’ man covers up the oppositions signs? Really? I would have said that was unethical at the very least

  4. millsy 4

    Paulo Garcia – looks like we have a Gilead councillor in waiting folks.

    Mirgrant Asian and South African evangalicalist Christians are busy infiltrating the National Party right under our noses. No wonder there is support for Charter Schools.

    • Dukeofurl 4.1

      Infiltrating ?

      They are more ‘captains picks’ by the national party president and caucus leadership, so that they look more diverse. usually havent been to a local electorate meeting before they are shoulder tapped by the hierachy with a promise of a list place if they are interested.

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