New Plymouth gave him the arse card, so now he?s trying to hide with the Maoris

New Plymouth didn’t want him…so now he is cuddling up to the Maori party.

New Plymouth’s current mayor?has said a career in the Maori Party could be on the cards for him.

On Tuesday Judd revealed he had?been a financial member of the party for a year now but as his term approaches its end this Saturday, with the local government elections, Judd said he’s looking to the future.

“I still have a young family to take care of but I’m not ruling anything out for the future just yet,” he said.

Judd said he hadn’t yet made?up his mind about standing for the Maori Party in the New Plymouth electorate this coming?election in 2017, but if he did he would be contesting current seat holder Jonathan Young of the National Party.

“I have no intention of being the candidate this election, but I’m not ruling it out for the future,” he said. ??

“It’s not my intention but I wouldn’t rule it out entirely.”

Judd said he had not hidden his political alliance from anyone, he’d just never been asked about it. He said he’d also been a member of the National Party for a time but predominantly voted Labour.

Judd has had a rocky term after calling for a referendum?to instate a Maori Ward seat on the New Plymouth District Council. This?drew?the ire of many in the community and led to a citizen-initiated binding referendum which was met with a?resounding “no” to the idea.

Judd said the Maori Party had supported him throughout the Maori ward issue.

“Whatever my future holds it will be in some sort of?advocacy role for Maori,” he said.

Good, bugger off then. I’m sure we won’t hear from you again.


– Fairfax