July 20, 2022
Local bodies logical fit for Māori Party
A Māori political analyst says Te Pāti Māori’s move into regional politics makes sense.
The party is backing Bay of Plenty Regional councillor Toi Iti’s reelection bid after he ran as an independent for his first term.
Massey University Associate Professor Veronica Tawhai says party backing gives voters a sense of what candidates stand for and what changes they may push.
Independents can struggle to get their voices heard in that environment.