May 27, 2014
Tai Tokerau stitch up irks Maori Party
The Maori Party is challenging Labour to clarify its stance on the Mana-Internet Party alliance.
Mana leader Hone Harawira confirmed this morning he was joining forces with internet mogul Kim Dotcom to contest the election as Internet MANA.
Their combined list votes could be enough to get extra MPs into parliament if he retains Te Tai Tokerau.
Maori Party president Naida Glavish says Labour owes it to Maori voters to clarify whether it will ask its supporters in Te Tai Tokerau to switch their electorate votes from Kelvin Davis to Hone Harawira in order to ensure Internet Party representation in the next Parliament.
She says polls show many Maori supporters of Labour and other parties are unhappy about the cynical manipulation of their seat and their traditional loyalties.
Ms Glavish says a better option would be for people to vote for Maori Party candidate Te Hira Paenga as the electorate MP, and for Labour to give Mr Davis a high list ranking.
Meanwhile, Kelvin Davis was sworn in today as a Labour list MP, replacing Shane Jones.
He says he’ll be going hard out to win Te Tai Tokerau.
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