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Tai Tokerau is Maori Party territory

Tai Tokerau is Maori Party territory

Hone Harawira, MP for Te Tai Tokerau MONDAY 13 OCTOBER 2008

“Tai Tokerau is now Maori Party territory,” said Hone Harawira, Maori Party Member of Parliament for Te Tai Tokerau, ”and the polls confirm what we’ve been seeing for months - that Maori have finally shaken off the shackles that Labour has always held over us, and see the Maori Party as their independent voice in parliament.”

TVNZ’s Marae-Digipoll conducted between 15 September 2008 and 7 October 2008, has the Maori Party leading by 47% to 35% for Labour (a similar poll in 2005 actually had Labour leading by 41% to 33% for the Maori Party).

“And that’s the big result for us,” said Harawira, “because Labour’s been the government for nine years now, more than enough time to build a positive platform in the Maori seats, and they’ve actually gone backwards.”

“It’s been an uphill battle too because Labour has millions of dollars to spend on Maori, and we don’t have any money, so we have to rely on getting out and talking to people, knocking on doors, going to hui, selling t-shirts, and handing out leaflets and newsletters to compete against the biggest political machine in the country.

“So I tip my hat to the membership for all the work that they’ve done over the past three years to support me and spread the word,” said Harawira.

“We’ve always had the biggest Maori Party membership in the country. This poll confirms it, and sends a clear signal to Labour and everyone else, that when you come into this territory you’re walking on Maori Party turf.”


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