Tau Henare launches speaker bid on Twitter

by Toby Manhire / 10 September, 2012
The outspoken and sometimes idiosyncratic National list MP Tau Henare has begun an unlikely campaign for the role of parliamentary speaker.

The former NZ First MP and Man of Te Atatu confirmed he'd like the job in response to a tweet from the Listener's Jane Clifton, and went on to set out his stall - again on Twitter. For he is, after all, as christened by the NZ Herald, NZ's "Minister of Twitter".

He's serious about it, too - Henare has informed the prime minister of his ambition, according to the tabloid compact Herald this morning.

Does he have a chance? Unlikely: chances are it will be a two-horse race between Maurice Williamson and David Carter to replace Lockwood Smith when he rocks off to London and the penthouse views of the High Commission. But, god knows, Tau is sure to make it more entertaining.

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