February 08, 2023
Candidates warned of baptism of fire
Maori Party president John Tamihere is warning candidates this year’s election campaign is likely to get ugly.
He’s particularly worried by anti-Maori campaigns on social media.
But he says new Tāmaki Makaurau candidate Takutai Moana Natasha Kemp, and second time Te Tai Tokerau candidate Mariameno Kapa-Kingi are used to fighting for their people and beliefs.
“It’s a courageous step, and a lot of people don’t appreciate the inspection that comes in on you. And if it’s a dirty little campaign, which it looks like it could be, you’ve got to be understanding that you’re exposing you, your whanau, and all you’re people and followers to a baptism of fire like nothing else,” Mr Tamihere says.
The Maori Party is seeking candidates for Hauraki-Waikato and Te Tai Tonga.