Topics: Elections/Kōwhiri, Politics

Will the Māori Party retain the Tāmaki Makaurau seat?

By Heeni Brown
  • Auckland

The Māori Party candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau is pushing to retain the seat long-held by Dr Pita Sharples.

Māori Television's poll results show it's neck-and-neck race with the Māori Party's Tūnuiārangi McLean ahead of Labour's Peeni Henare by one point.

Despite all the hype, both are content with what tomorrow may bring.

Rangi has no qualms standing side-by-side with National and when it comes to his election campaign, he's confident he's done enough work.

Rangi McLean says, “I'm not nervous, I'll go back to what I've said, I'm at ease because I'm confident that all the door knocking to all our whānau throughout the region has told me they give their full support.”

There are three generations of the Henare whānau supporting Peeni Henare, but has it been enough to put Peeni in front of McLean tomorrow?

“If I don't win, life will carry on and my whānau will benefit from that greatly.  I'll return to my children.  There's always work in the community and work for the iwi waiting there for me,” says Peeni Henare.

Other than the top two contestants in the competition; Green Party's Marama Davis is pleading with Tāmaki Makaurau voters to give their party vote to her in a bid to get her into Parliament as a List MP.

Whereas for MANA's Kereama Pene on the other hand, his game plan is to help cull votes from the Māori Party's Rangi McLean.

Peeni Henare says, “The big question I keep hearing when I'm out in the electorate is why and what is the point of the anger and division between the two parties, Māori Party and MANA?”

Despite all the politics, and whether or not they're listening to any of it, it's Tāmaki Makaurau who have the final say, in deciding who they put forward to represent them.

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