September 18, 2014
Harawira cries foul on strategic voting
Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira claims other parties are ganging up to prevent his re-election.
Yesterday Prime Miniser John Jey suggested National voters in the north giving their electorate vote to Labour's Kelvin Davis was the sensible thing to do.
Mr Harawira says the Maori Party leadership wanted to do something similar with its candidate Te Hira Paenga, but the Anglican deacon refused.
Mr Harawira says that reflects well on Mr Paenga.
"He's young, he's green but he's positive, he's a kura kaupapa boy, he's my nephew and I think it would have been a real harmful experience to be treated that way by his own party so I'm glad he stood up and said 'nah, no way,'" he says.
If Kelvin Davis wins the seat, it would probably mean there would be no Internet Mana MPs to support a Labour-led Gvernemnt if the numbers fall the right way on Saturday.
Te Hira Paenga says while he is concerned about the abuse of the Te Tai Tokerau seat by Mana to bring in people to parliament who have no affiliation to nor concern for the electorate, he is not stepping aside.
He says there is a need to strategically vote in the electorate to remove the blot on democracy, but he wants all Maori party supporters to stay true to the kaupapa and to give him two ticks in Te Tai Tokerau.
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