Maori Party candidate will vote for National candidate

Weird things happen during election season.

But few things are weirder than a candidate coming out to say they won’t even vote for themselves. Wendy Biddle, the Maori Party candidate for the Rotorua general electorate has come out and said just that.

“I’m ticking Todd, that’s me,” she said.

Biddle is aware the admission may surprise some, but she’s pragmatic.

So she’ll be voting for her opponent, the National Party candidate Todd McClay.

She said thoughts of beating McClay – who secured the Rotorua electorate with 7418 more votes than closest rival Labour’s Tamati Coffey at the last election – would be “silly”.

“The reason I’m standing is to grab as many votes as I can to push our list members. That’s the number one thought in standing in a general seat,” she said.

So as candidate she’s telling supporters to party vote Maori and candidate vote for Todd McClay.

She said she likes Rotorua Labour candidate Ben Sandford personally, but issues with the wider party have caused her concern, citing uncertainty over a possible water tax and implications for the Treaty of Waitangi by possible moves towards New Zealand becoming a Republic.

It is amazing that Maori continue to cling to the Labour Party, considering what they have put them through.

When Wendy Biddle announced that she was putting her name forward in the Rotorua electorate, local Labour members complained that she would split the vote. Their fears were unfounded.


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