August 03, 2023
Jackson counts on Māori Party presence
Labour’s Māori seat campaign chair Willie Jackson says Ikaroa Rawhiti voters may be tempted by a two-for one voting strategy.
Cushla Tangaere-Manuel is a late entry in the race after sitting MP Meka Whaitiri quit Labour to stand under the Māori Party banner
Mr Jackson says voters will look at the polls and Ms Whaitiri’s likely place at number three on the Māori Party list.
“Clearly Meka’s going back so our voters are pretty clever and they’ll make their decisions down here but you get two for one don’t you really with Meka already there and I think everyone wants Cushla in. So we’re looking forward to how that seat goes,” he says.
Cushla Tangaere-Manuel opted to stay off Labour’s list and will only make it to Wellington if she has an outright win.