Tory Whanau is a New Zealand politician who was elected as the mayor of Wellington in 2022.
She is the first person of Māori descent to hold this position.
Prior to her mayoralty, she served as the parliamentary chief of staff for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Whanau entered politics in 2015 and was a member of the Green Party’s team in the negotiations that led to the formation of the resulting government after the 2017 and 2020 elections.
She ran as an independent candidate for the Wellington mayoralty in the 2022 election.
Whanau is also an independent speaker and writer about economics and politics, producing an email newsletter and podcast for subscribers.
Tory Whanau drinking video
Whanau’s viral drinking video surfaced on Reddit, revealing her candid admission of an alcohol-related problem.
Filmed at Havana Bar, the footage portrays the mayor engaging in what appears to be excessive drinking.
It raised eyebrows and concerns among the online community.
In response to the growing apprehensions, Whanau acknowledged her struggles with alcohol, uttering the vulnerable words, “I am a flawed person.”
This revelation on Reddit has set off a wave of discussions within the online community.
The implications of Whanau’s struggles have now laid bare for public scrutiny.
It has ignited diverse opinions about her suitability for the responsibilities that come with public office.
The ongoing discussions within the online community and the broader public raise significant questions about Whanau’s leadership.
Why is the video trending?
The public reaction to the video involving Whanau has been mixed.
Councillor Nicola Young has claimed that she “knows people” who have seen the video and has called for Whanau to resign, stating, “I think she should resign for her own sake, give her time to get better.”
Another councillor, Ray Chung, said he was told there are “three videos” in circulation of the incident, but so far, there has been no evidence of any recording and the rumors remain unsubstantiated.
Some councillors suspect dirty politics is involved, while others see an opportunity to make political gain.
Whanau has admitted to having a problem with alcohol and is seeking professional help.
The situation has sparked a significant amount of public and media attention, and there will likely be more reporting on this story.