Sharples leads by miles

Pita Sharples is showing Shane Jones a thing or two in Tamaki Makaurau. You need more than glib and nasty one liners and you certainly need to spend time on the marae not in seedy motels watching porn:

The latest Tamaki Makaurau poll should make happy reading for Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples.

According to a Te Karere DigiPoll released today, Dr Sharples appears to have victory in the Auckland Maori electorate sewn up.

The poll, which surveyed 400 Maori roll voters, gave Dr Sharples a massive majority of 58 per cent for the electorate vote, with Labour’s Shane Jones coming in second with less than half the votes, on 23 per cent.

Trailing further behind were Mana’s Kereama Pene and Green Party candidate Mikaere Curtis, on 14 and 3 per cent respectively.

Dr Sharples has held the seat since 2005 when he won it from Labour’s John Tamihere.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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