October 04, 2023
Youth vote puts Maipi-Clarke in race
A Whakaata Māori poll has found Te Pāti Māori’s Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke is just four percentage points behind Labour’s Nanaia Mahuta in the Labour stronghold of Hauraki-Waikato.
The Curia Market Research poll put Ms Mahuta on 36 percent and her 21-year-old challenger on 32 percent..
There were 14 percent undecided and the margin of error was 4.4 percent.
Ms Mahuta, the country’s longest serving female MP, isn’t standing on Labour’s list.
Older voters, who are far more likely to vote, supported the incumbent, but Ms Maipi-Clarke had the support of 43 percent of those aged under 40, compared to 30 percent for Ms Mahuta.
Labour and Te Pāti Māori are neck and neck in the party vote at 26 percent, followed by National on 14 percent, the Green Party on 8 percent, New Zealand First 6 percent and ACT 5 percent .