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Maori Party getting on the road – and the roll

Derek Fox
Maori Party Candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti

Press Release: Wednesday 12 August, 2008

Maori Party getting on the road – and the roll

The Maori Party’s road show through the Ikaroa Rawhiti electorate will hit the ‘Central Hawkes Bay today, says Maori Party candidate Derek Fox.

Mr Fox says the focus of road show has been two-fold: to ensure people are on the roll and registered to vote; and secondly, to encourage support for the Maori Party in the lead up to this year’s general election.

The road show, which began in Ruatorea on Sunday, will end up in the Upper Hutt -Wainuiomata region on Thursday. The Ikaroa Rawhiti electorate is essentially five times larger than most general electorate seats, so Mr Fox says it has been vital to hit the road to meet as many people as possible face to face.

”I really can't emphasise enough how important it is for our people who are entitled to vote to be on the electoral roll – far too many aren’t enrolled,” says Mr Fox. “In the last few months nearly 4000 names were wiped off the Ikaroa-Rawhiti roll because people’s election packs were sent back unopened, most probably because people had changed address.

“Last election there were 34,000 names on the Ikaroa-Rawhiti roll. Just under 10,000 of them voted for the Maori Party, and about 12,000 voted for Labour. So we know at least 10,000 didn't vote at all, which seems to be a terrible waste of mana and power.

“This election we need to get our people on the roll and to the polling booth. This year for the first time in the history of this country, Maori will have a real chance of deciding who forms the next government.

“Rather than being the “last cab off the rank”, we may well be the “only cab on the rank” come the day after the election,” says Mr Fox. “That ‘chance’ will come by winning all seven Maori seats.”

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