October 20, 2020
Waiariki result still in the wind
Former Labour Party president Mike Williams says Tamati Coffey can’t be written off yet as Waiariki MP.
The Māori Party’s Rawiri Waititi had a 415 vote lead in the seat on election night.
Mr Williams says having the Māori Party back in parliament will add diversity to Māori politics, but it’s not a done deal.
"There's a very large number of special votes to be counted in that seat and Tamati hasn't conceded yet, so watch this space – we're a couple of weeks away from seeing the final outcome," he says.
Mr Williams, who ran a polling firm before taking on the president’s role, says unlike in 2017 when Labour’s Māori seat candidates stayed off the party list, the Māori Party was able to run a two for one campaign which could have influenced voter behaviour.
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