As has been rumoured for some time now:
Greg O’Connor targets Dunne seat
Former Police Association president Greg O’Connor has confirmed he is seeking to represent the Labour Party in Ōhariu at this year’s election.
Mr O’Connor told Morning Report the Labour Party was a natural fit for him given his strong sense of social justice. …
And just last night:
Willie Jackson dumps Maori Party for Labour
Willie Jackson has dumped the Maori Party and is set to announce he is standing for Labour instead.
The Maori broadcaster and former Alliance MP was considering standing for the Maori Party in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate, but sources said he had since been approached by Labour and now planned to stand on the list for them instead. … Jackson is yet to respond to a request for comment. …
Like many, I have mixed feelings about these developments. Both O’Connor and Jackson bring different kinds of strengths to Labour, but there are also significant reservations in both cases. Although I’m aware that this will be an unpopular position with many core activists, on balance I am in favour of the “broad church” approach. As much as we need to have our core ideals, we also need to have a range of voices and perspectives around the table.