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Maori Party Stoked With Maori Option Results

Maori Party Stoked With Maori Option Results

Dr Pita Sharples and Tariana Turia, Co-leaders Maori Party

Thursday 4 May 2006

Initial results from the Maori Electoral Option have pleased Tariana Turia and Dr Pita Sharples, co-leaders of the Maori Party.

"With almost 10,000 new enrolments to the Maori Roll, we are on track to get an eighth seat by the end of May" stated Mrs Turia.

The Maori Party Members of Parliament congratulate all their supporters who have helped to increase the Maori Roll and the number of Maori seats.

The Party is also happy that 80% of new Maori enrolments are to the Maori Roll. "This is the roll that rangatahi are overwhelmingly choosing" said Mrs Turia.

Dr Sharples, as Member for Tamaki Makaurau, reported that it did not appear that the voting issue with Manukau City Council has impacted on the Maori Electoral Option in 2006.

Voters in Manurewa, Mangere and Manukau East have changed rolls at about the same rate as in other general electorates.

The Maori Party will continue to implement its strategy to promote the Maori Roll among Maori. "If need be, we will bring a door knocking element to the campaign" said Dr Sharples.

Party representatives are also meeting regularly to discuss ways they can enhance the Maori Roll.


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