May 21, 2013
Māori Party starts Ikaroa Rawhiti campaign
The Māori Party kicks off its campaign in Ikaroa Rāwhiti this morning, the same day that Labour closes nominations for its candidate to replace the late Parekura Horomia.
All three Māori Party MPs will be in Hawkes Bay to support candidate Na Raihania.
Mr Raihania opens his day with a meeting of the Māori Business Network in Hastings, followed by a hui at the Camberley Community Centre and a lunchtime rally at Copenhagen Square in Dannevirke.
The first billboard of the campaign will go up at Maraenui in Napier in the afternoon.
Mana, the Greens and the Labour Party are still to pick their candidates.
A fifth contender has emerged for Labour, which is now more likely to retain the seat with the opposition vote split three ways.
Public servant Tamati Olsen says he has been approached by many party members to stand, and he has the experience and skills for the job.
Ngāti Kahungunu Chief Executive Meka Whaitiri is still believed to have the inside running because of her support within the Labour Electorate Committee, and television presenter Shane Taurima, Taiwhenua Chair Hayden Hape and Hastings District Councillor Henare O’Keefe are also seeking the spot.
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