July 03, 2023
15 Weeks until 2023 Election – All eyes on Te Pāti Māori
Posted On July 3, 2023
The NZ Herald Poll of Polls keeps pointing to a Labour led minority Government with supply and confidence from the Māori Party.
This remarkable turn of events where the Māori Party could have this position of obligation and influence is multifaceted.
The first is demographics. The Māori electorate is younger and there are more Millenial and Gen X voters than Boomers this election.
The second is a welcoming and embracing online social media culture that has built true online community and allows for strong promotion of strategic voting.
The third is that the more reactionary the Right get, the more previous non voting Māori voters are engaging as a counter to that level of race baiting.
What could take the Māori Party to a new level of support is what the bottom lines they will demand of Labour in return for Supply and Confidence. If those 3 bottom lines are broad based policy that every struggling Kiwi would want, the Māori Party could gain a large influx of non Māori voters.
The economy is hurting and GST off food bills would attract huge support from many voters.
If the Māori Party push for policy that benefits all as the price of their Supply and Confidence vote and then moves to the cross benches, they will be building legacy and will set themselves up for a true political partnership.
There is everything to win and lose this election.