Recently retired pugilist David Tua is obviously a man of great principle.
His principle is to join up with any political party, so long as it is a Maori party. Whether it leans to the right, the left or wherever is neither here nor there to him.
And so – we learn here today – he has talked with the Maori Party about entering politics.
And just to show how adept he is at ducking and weaving, he will be talking with Hone Harawira’s Mana Party next month.
The Herald says:
Tua, a Samoan-born New Zealander, met Maori Party officials in Auckland this week.
Mana, a break-away from the Maori Party, has him in its sights too.
Both see him as a potential drawcard for thousands of Pacific Island voters in New Zealand.
Next month, he will meet South Auckland Mana activist and candidate James Papali’i.
It is of great interest to Alf that this meeting required the approval of Hone Harawira, whose whanau happens to include a few people familiar with the art of fisticuffs.
Arguably, they perform better with a skinful of liquor on board.
Not so long ago Stuff reported:
Two of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira’s nephews have been jailed after fracturing a man’s cheek and eye socket while drunkenly robbing him.
The two brothers, Tohora Harawira and Enesi Taito, were sentenced in the Auckland District Court this afternoon for the 2011 assault.
Oh, and then (see here) there was that well-publicised fight between one of the Harawira family with a feller aged … 12!
A nephew of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira has been sentenced to five years in prison after being convicted for his role in the violent assault of a 12-year-old boy.
Enesi Taito was on bail over a previous aggravated robbery at the time of the assault last year.
Today he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years for the aggravated robbery and the same sentence for his part in assaulting the boy.
Hone, we may assume, is familiar with the fighting prowess of his warrior relatives and will be a good judge of the worth of David Tua.
“He has given us his blessing to talk with David and hopefully him coming over to Mana,” Mr Papali’i told the Weekend Herald.
“We are already established as a South Auckland Pacific branch under Mana and we believe David would fit really well into what we have already started.”
The Herald says both the Maori Party and Mana see a place for Tua standing in a South Auckland general seat, possibly Manukau East, which will be vacated by retiring Labour MP Ross Robertson next election.
Alf looks forward to few rounds of verbal combat with Tua in the debating chamber, although he imagines the boxer will be beaten – by a majority of voters – no matter what party he stands for unless he sits in the blue corner and becomes a Nat.