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Pākeha Voters Keen to Vote Māori Party

Pākeha Voters Keen to Vote Māori Party


The Māori Party is fielding daily enquiries from Pākeha voters wanting to know if they can vote for the Māori Party.

“We’ve been humbled by support for the Māori Party out there in the community especially from Pākehā and those from other cultures,” says Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell.

“It’s fascinating that despite MMP being around since 1993 a large number of voters in this country are still unclear about who they can give their party vote to.”

“All of our candidates are reporting that Pākeha voters are pleasantly surprised to learn they can actually give their party vote to the Māori Party and we encourage them whole heartedly.”

“We have always known our policies have been beneficial for the wider community. We welcome supporters regardless of where they live or their ethnic affiliations. We base all our policies on kaupapa Māori – and we believe everyone can thrive under those principles.”

“Business people we’ve spoken with say they are very focussed on their own environments and openly admit it’s not the social or education policies that matter to them, but stability.”

“Many of these business people are Pākeha who are more than happy to give their party vote to the Māori Party because they want to vote strategically and have viewed the Māori Party as steady and stable. They see the Māori Party as having a conscience acting as a handbrake on more extreme policies and encouraging a bolder more diverse direction in policy. Other non-Māori voters see the benefits of our policies and our gains like rheumatic fever, oral health, disability services and smokefree legislation which they know are good for the whole country – we thank them for their support and welcome their party vote.”

“Commentators often focus on our campaign for the electorate vote in the seven Māori electorate seats. But the party vote is also important to us especially with our party having a growing wider appeal,” says Mr Flavell.


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