No cer­tainty in Man­gere seat

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Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark dropped in last week – and I’m sure she wasn’t there just for a chance to knock back a few wines at our Man­gere Bridge wine and food fes­ti­val.

Oh no, Hels was there to sup­port new can­di­date Su’a William Sio, who may not have things all his own way – de­spite the fact he is oc­cu­py­ing Labour’s safest seat.

Now Wil­lie boy doesn’t have bad cre­den­tials.

He’s a union hack – which guar­an­tees one a seat on Labour’s list th­ese days.

And he was a coun­cil­lor and Manukau’s deputy mayor.

But even then he’s no cer­tainty.

His for­mer men­tor and cur­rent Man­gere MP Taito Phillip Field won’t be hand­ing him a free-run like the one he’s al­leged to have of­fered a cer­tain Thai tiler.

No, Taito will bat­tle it out and if he es­capes fraud charges, he will test Labour and Pa­cific Is­land loy­al­ties.

An­other can­di­date who’ll test Pa­cific Is­land loy­al­ties is the Fam­ily Party’s Jerry Fili­paina.

He’s been work­ing hard in Man­gere off the back of a huge Dodge truck that will en­sure he doesn’t get any Green votes.

Jerry’s part of the fa­mous Fili­paina fam­ily.

Brother Olsen is a league leg­end – and brother Al­fie is also a bit of a leg­end as a lo­cal cop­per and be­cause in the 2004 coun­cil elec­tions he topped the poll in Man­gere.

You’d think that would help Jerry im­mea­sur­ably, since he’d just have to roll out Al­fie, a man with more votes than any­one else in Man­gere, to win that MP’s job.

But ap­par­ently Al­fie will be sup­port­ing his new Labour Party bro William ahead of his blood bro Jerry.

If I was Jerry, I’d get Olsen back to crash­tackle Al­fie back into his senses.

To com­plete the puzzle in Man­gere, ap­par­ently for­mer Na­tional MP Arthur Anae is con­tem­plat­ing a go.

All of which con­firms one thing – the only po­lit­i­cal cer­tainty is that Prime Min­is­ter He­len Clark will be spend­ing a lot more time in the neigh­bour­hood.

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