Topic: Elections/Kōwhiri

A MANA-Māori partnership seems even more unlikely following Waiariki debate

By Heeni Brown
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The gap between the Māori Party and MANA has grown after the political debate that aired on Māori Television last night, a gap that could be won by Rawiri Waititi of the Labour Party.

The Māori Television Reid Research Poll suggests 66% of Te Waiariki want the Māori Party to work with MANA Movement.

It seems to be same displays of affection between Māori Party's Te Ururoa Flavell and MANA's Annette Sykes, and if anything, the divide between the two couldn't be even wider.

The poll also suggests, that if Māori Party held the balance of power, 63% preferred they went into a partnership with Labour.

Some fish and chip owners in the Waiariki electorate expressed their concern for younger generations in the region, saying it's hard for youth get jobs in the region.

Kōwhiri 14 also visited other townships but the theme remained the same; there is a want to generate more opportunities and employment for youth.

Tomorrow, the Ikaroa-Rawhiti debate will take place on Kōwhiri 14 at 8:30pm.

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