Labour MP Tariana Turia says she was approached on behalf of independent Maori candidate Derek Fox at least three times
to sound out what, if any, future Mr Fox had within Labour.
"I am disappointed that Derek is now denying the approaches made on his behalf which I understood were made with his
full co-operation," Tariana Turia said.
"The last time I was approached, the possibility of Derek being given a Ministerial post was raised. I explained that it
was out of the question that any guarantee could be given.
"The person who made the approaches is a close associate of Derek's and I am confident that they believed they were
speaking with his blessing.
"I know that Derek has also personally discussed the possibility of a career within Labour with Helen Clark, although I
was not present at these discussions.
"I am also disappointed that Mr Fox is questioning the integrity of Helen Clark who has the full confidence of Labour's
Maori MPs and candidates and who has proven to be an able Leader who listens and is willing to act on Maori concerns.
That was completely evident by the release last weekend of Labour's policy for Maori development.
"I hope that the voters of Ikaroa-Rawhiti will show their disapproval of this kind of political posturing being
displayed by Derek Fox and vote for Labour's very able candidate Parekura Horomia," Tariana Turia said.