E manako ana a Tamati Coffey ki te tū anō mā te rōpū Reipa i roto i ngā kōwhiringa pōti hei tērā tau, engari ki te rohe pōti Māori kē, arā ki te tūru o Te Waiariki. Nōnanahi nei, whakakapia ai te wā kōharinga. Kaare anō kia ōkawa te whakatau a Reipa i tana kōharinga, heoi ko tā Coffey kua takoto te mānuka.
Ehara a Tamati Coffey i te tauhou ki te ao tōrangapū.
“For the last two years I've had Waiariki voters come to me and tell me you stood in the wrong seat last time we wanted to vote for you but you weren't there.”
I te kōwhiringa pōti i te tau rua mano tekau mā wha, i tū a Coffey ki te tūru whānui o Rotorua ā i tuarua mai ia. I riro taua tūru i a Todd Mclay o Nāhinara. whānui o Rotorua. Otira kei te hiahia ia ki te kawe i tētahi hīkoi tōrangapu i runga i te tika, te pai me te māramatanga.
“One of the things that I have been disappointed with when it comes to the Māori party is when they worked with the National party to sell off state houses at a time where we are facing a housing crisis.”
I toa i a Te Ururoa Flavell i te tūru o Te Waiariki ma ngā pōti wha mano te nui. E whakapono ana a Coffey he mea nui te tūru ki te Pāti Māori.
“It's got strategic importance this seat for the Māori party, Te Ururoa says it quite openly if they lose the Waiariki seat that's the end of the Māori party so it's a big thing, it's a really big thing but that's politics for you.”
Kāre anō a Reipa kia whakatau ōkawa i te tono a Coffey.