March 16, 2022
Labour still most prefered by Māori
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson is dismissing a poll showing 17 per cent of its Māori voters are ready to switch.
The Hui-Horizon poll found its Māori support had dropped from 54 per cent in the 2020 election to 37 per cent.
Mr Jackson says the 2020 result was a historic high, and the latest numbers represent core support.
“We’re miles ahead from everyone else. In fact, the second-placed party is ‘another party’. They’re the don’t know, so 14 per cent is in second place, Māori Party and National Party 11 per cent, Green Party 9 per cent, so I am quite comfortable with it and relieved that solid support is still there,” he says.
Mr Jackson says while he has said tough things in the House about retiring Tauranga MP Simon Bridges, including that he’s a disgrace to the Māori nation, he’s a good man.