February 20, 2013
Poll dead heat gives Māori Party sway
Posted On February 20, 2013
Getty Images. National MP Paula Bennett, Māori MP Te Ururoa Flavell and Maori Co-leader Pita Sharples.
The Māori Party may have the deciding say in who becomes the next Government, according to the latest Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll.
It showed a three percentage point swing away from National, meaning a dead heat of 61 seats each for the right and left blocks.
With New Zealand First at 2.8 percent, well below the 4 percent threshold, that means any electorate seats retained by the Māori Party could be critical.
The other party with a chance of holding the balance of power is United Future, with Peter Dunne looking safer in his Ohariu seat now that Labour’s Charles Chauvel quit parliament to take up a job in the United Nations.
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