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Goulter nabs senior role with Mana Party

Sat 28 Jan 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Goulter and Harawira at Auckland's Lolabar last year Political junkie Jevan Goulter has landed a job as rebel MP Hone Harawira's Executive Assistant at Parliament, apparently because he's simply regarded as the best man for the job. The controversial Mana Party supporter was often at Harawira's side during the election campaign. He joined the party of the marginalised after he was inspired by Harawira's vision during a speech he delivered in Auckland last May, where he put a call out to New Zealand youth to stand up and have their say. Goulter started a youth wing of the party and worked on Harawira's successful election campaigns, and will now run Harawira's affairs in Parliament. While Goulter himself was uncharacteristically unavailable for comment, Mana Party insiders suggest he was simply the most suitable person for the role as he works extremely well with the party's sole MP, himself a controversial figure who split from the Maori Party after upsetting his colleagues by harshly criticising its relationship with National. While he remains a divisive figure within the glbt community, Goulter has all the appearances of being a changed man since joining Mana. He's been quiet and kept his head down, after years of controversies ranging from an infamous fundraiser for Carmen Rupe and a beauty pageant crown drama, to a bid for the Whanganui mayoralty which sparked a bitter spat with shock jock and former Mayor Michael Laws. Despite this, Goulter may not be popular among the Labour Party MPs and staff he crosses in the corridors of power, thanks to a 'tell all' article in Investigate which alleged impropriety from senior members of the Labour Party when he was taken under their wing as a teenager keen on politics.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 28th January 2012 - 12:07pm

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