Yesterday I wrote about the condescension of David Cunliffe when speaking to Pasifika audiences.
Today in the NZ Herald they discuss how Pasifika have found their political voice and no longer just vote red.
Could this mean that Labour’s fortress of South Auckland has broken walls now?
For a long time – generations, even – the Pasifika vote has always gone to the party draped in red.
In the old days, vans and buses were organised all around South Auckland to make sure as many people as possible turned up to the voting booths. The majority of those Tongan, Samoan, Niuean, Fijian, Cook Island and Tuvaluan voters were completely decked out in red, holding red balloons and wearing red lei.
These days, however, something is changing within the community.
Although there is still a very strong Labour following, there is now growing support for National, as well as a shift to vote for other parties – something almost never heard of before amongst Pasifika.
Community leaders and seasoned politicians admit that people are starting to look at what other parties are offering; meaning the Pacific vote is starting to look a lot more colourful this election.
Over the past few months, the National party has gone in strong into places that have traditionally been Labour’s stronghold and, in earlier years, would have seen anyone in blue practically booted out.
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