Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Maori Party congratulates Labour Party candidate

Maori Party congratulates Labour Party candidate

The Maori Party congratulates Labour Party candidate Meka Whaitiri tonight for her win in the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election and looks forward to welcoming her into Parliament.
 
“We will reflect on the result tonight over the next few weeks but we will be contesting the Ikaroa Rawhiti seat again in the 2014,” says Maori Party Co-leader, Dr Pita Sharples.
 
 “Na was an outstanding candidate.   He maintained his share of the vote that he gained in 2011 (21%) and while we are disappointed, we are proud of the way he ran his campaign. He was honest, committed and he focused on the issues that are important to the people of Ikaroa Rawhiti.”
 
“Without a doubt we were up against a strong party brand in Labour with their huge machinery and infrastructure as well as the television celebrity status of Te Hamua Nikora  - both these factors clearly had an influence on tonight’s result.”
 
“While the Maori Party did not win the by-election we would like to assure the people of  Ikaroa Rawhiti we will continue to work for them regardless.”
 
"If there is one thing that really stood out from this election was that less than a third of those enrolled on the Maori Roll turned up to vote.   It reminds us that there is still much work to be done to make what we do in parliament relevant and meaningful for all of the people throughout this rohe.”
 
The Maori Party was delighted with the increased momentum and vitality generated in this by-election by some outstanding candidates and wants to mihi to everyone who put their hand up, to work on behalf of the people of Ikaroa Rawhiti.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election