Willie Jackson won’t stand in Tāmaki Makaurau because he thinks it would result in a Labour win.
“One of the main reasons why I’m not standing is that I’m very clear that my vote will come from Dr. Pita Sharples. If I stand, Dr. Pita Sharples stands and Shane Jones stands, then I am pretty sure that Shane Jones will be delivered to Parliament,” he said at the start of his RadioLIVE programme.
“I don’t want Labour back in the Māori seats.”
He is less than complimentary about Jones, one of Labour’s leadership contenders. At 2:47 he says:
I think Pita Sharples on a bad day is better than Shane Jones on a good day.
A strong candidate for Mana in any of the seats will take votes from the Maori Party and that split could well return them to Labour.