August 24, 2022
Tamaki parties face tough battle to unit
Māori Development Minister and former Alliance MP Willie Jackson is sceptical about whether Destiny church leader Brian Tamaki can pray up enough votes to get his people into parliament.
Mr Tamaki announced the formation of his Freedom and Rights Party during yesterday’s anti-government rally in Wellington.
It will include three other small parties including Vision New Zealand fronted by his wife Hannah Tamaki, who drew zero points one percent or 4237 votes in the 2020 general election, and the Outdoors Party which got 3,256 votes.
That’s well short of the 5 percent needed to win a place in Parliament.
Mr Jackson says it’s hard to set up a new party, but there are voters looking for alternatives.
“It might be a different election next year. We might not see the types of votes we’ve seen in past years with the fragmentation of the different parties, whether it’s the Brian Tamaki Party or the Freedoms or other groups. I will be interested to see if they can actually unite,” he says.