August 01, 2019
Tamihere puts value on Māori vote
Now the Auckland mayoralty has come down to a two-horse race, candidate John Tamihere is looking to firm up the Māori vote.
After signalling he wanted another shot at running the super city, former Auckland City mayor John Banks last week withdrew himself and urged people to vote for the Waipareira leader.
Mr Tamihere says one of the reasons he announced his candidacy early was to drive any imposters back into their caves.
He says while incumbent Phil Goff may be relying on support from Labour Party voters, those voters including Māori will vote on their conscience and what's good for them.
"One of the other reasons why I'm standing for the mayoralty is that our people have to start to value their vote and if you don't value your vote, no one cares about you," Mr Tamihere says.
If he can get Māori to vote, it will be the tipping point for the mayoralty.
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