No certainty in Mangere seat
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.