The Maori Party are very bad at maths

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The Maori Party are feeling Winston’s breath on their sweaty necks.  This is the solution

The Maori Party … unveil[ed] another strategic alliance which National [,  they] are quietly hoping will get the party enough votes, so National doesn’t need Winston Peters to form the next Government.

Today’s alliance will be with the One Pacific; a South Auckland-based Pacific Islands political movement.

The goal is to make inroads in Labour’s fortress South Auckland seats and Pacific Island candidates will stand under the Maori Party banner.

In a statement, yesterday One Pacific said it was a political movement rather than a political party as such.

“It is a Pacific Political Movement and Platform,” the statement said.

“It is not a Political Party.

So it’s not a political party.  It’s a movement.  Clear?   No.  Neither am I.  

“However, its structural framework enables us to organise ourselves in an orderly and focused manner, so that we are at the ready to respond in the best interest of Pacific people and our communities.”

The statement says One Pacific will be in partnership with the Maori Party for this election.

“One Pacific shall journey together with the Maori Party because they are the only political party who have offered us fair and equitable co-sharing arrangements under their Maori Party ticket for our Pacific candidates, people and communities.”

The Maori Party leadership s believe the partnership could make inroads into the 50,000 votes that Labour got in Mangere, Manukau East and Manurewa last election.

The Maori Party will also be hoping to pick up some of the 915 votes that went to Internet Mana in those seats.

Last election the the Maori Party got only 400 votes in the seats. (Maori voters in those seats vote on the Maori roll).

The Maori party have embarrassingly low support in South Auckland.  The fact they were outmanoeuvred by Kim Dotcom to the total tune of 915 votes shows that urban Maori absolutely have no connection with the Maori party.

the party’s co-leader, Te Ururoa Flavell told the launch that this election was a great opportunity for the party.

“Our people must take this opportunity not to put up again with those who stay silent and simply can only yell from the back of the bus,” he said in an obvious reference to Labour’s Maori MPs.

It is the Maori Party’s determination to win all the Maori seats which put them at odds with Labour and makes them so attractive to National.

But ultimately, as Morgan often says, the party’s goal is to have a permanent seat “at the big table” of Government.

That means in the future also working with Labour.

And with Winston Peters.   There is no way that National and Maori will have a parliamentary majority.   Nor will Labour and Maori, for that matter.

And what’s probably worse for the Maori party is that it will be quite possible for Winston, ACT and National to get a majority over the line, leaving Maori in opposition instead of a symbolic seat at the table.

John Key, the  Maori appeaser is no longer there.   Even if they win all Maori seats, and they will not, Winston will be part of the next government, while the Maori party may not.


Richard Harman, Politik

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