July 10, 2013
Final count in Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election
Labour candidate Meka Whaitiri’s election night majority has been shaved by 100 votes now that special votes have been counted.
But the new Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP is still a comfortable 1659 votes ahead of Mana’s Te Hamua Nikora.
Mr Nikora’s special vote surge extended the gap back to the Māori Party’s Na Raihania from 500 to 700 votes.
A total of 12,149 votes were cast, including 2,470 advance votes and 1,624 special votes, 16 from overseas.
That means voter turnout for the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti by-election was just 35.7 percent of the 34,008 people enrolled.
The Electoral Commission expects to return the writ showing the successful candidate next Tuesday, after which Ms Whaitiri can take up the seat that has been vacant since the death of long serving Labour MP Parekura Horomia.
Kua oti ngā pōti motuhake ō Te Ikaroa-Rāwhiti te tatau
Kotahi mano, e ono rau, e rima tekau mā iwa te rahinga ake ō ngā pooti ki ā Meka Whaitiri ō Reipa i ngā pōti ki Te Haamua Nikora ō Mana, heoi, ko Nikora te tangata i tino whai hua i ngā pooti motuhake nei, arā, kotahi rau te maha ō ngā pōti motuhake i rere ki ā ia, kia whānui ake ai te whaawhaarua i waenganui i ā rāua ko Naa Raihaania ō te Rōpū Tōrangapū Māori.
Paku neke atu i te tekau mā rua mano pōti i horahia i roto i te kōwhiringa pōti ki te Ikaroa-Rāwhiti, nā reira, e toru tekau mā rima ōrau noa iho ō ngā kaipōti ō taua rohe i pōti.
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