Shane Taurima, general manager of TVNZ’s Maori and Pacific Programmes and Q + A interviewer, is seeking to be Labour’s candidate in the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election.
He said he wasn’t a member of the party last week which, as Keeping Stock, points out, means he will have to get a special waiver from the party’s ruling council.
The party’s rules allow that, and I would be surprised if other parties don’t have a similar rule.
If they are sensible, it’s not one they’d employ often.
Taurima blames his non-membership on his job:
He said Horomia, who died last month after battling a number of health issues, had spoken to him in the past about entering politics. . .
. . . “Given my career choice and the absolute need to be impartial, apolitical and professional I would politely decline his approaches and he respected me for that. It wasn’t my time back then. I wasn’t ready. But I am ready now.” . . .
The need to be impartial, apolitical and professional in his work is unquestioned. But is that achieved by hiding strong support for a party?
Wouldn’t it be better for someone in his position to be upfront about his political leanings?
Isn’t it better for viewers to know about a bias and be the judge of whether that affects his work than to hide it and have them wondering?