The Maori party is dead

The Maori party is out of parliament, killed off by Tamati Coffey by his winning of Waiariki.

The Labour Party could manage a clean sweep of the seven Māori seats, with Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell in danger of losing Waiariki.

If Mr Flavell loses to Labour’s Tamati Coffey, and his colleague Howie Tamati does not win Te Tai Hauāuru, it could spell the end of the Māori Party in Parliament. The party is currently far below the five percent party vote threshold needed to bring MPs in off the list.

With 85.4 percent of the vote in Waiariki counted, Mr Coffey currently has a lead of 1104 votes.

Mr Flavell has left his election night party to go home to watch the results as they roll in. He said he always planned to go home after eating dinner and would return later in the night when the outcome was clearer.

Before he left, Mr Flavell told RNZ there was a long way for this race to run.

His co-leader, Marama Fox, said the Māori Party had got things done for Māori and the people should have been voting for them, not another party where they would be lost in the bigger whole.

Ms Fox is well down in her Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate, trailing Meka Whaitiri by 2909 votes, with 90.2 percent counted.

Hone Harawira said the mood of Māori electorates had swung to Labour.

He is well behind Labour’s Kelvin Davis in Te Tai Tokerau.

Mr Harawira said that meant there would be no independent Māori voices in the next Parliament

Māori Party supporters in Rotorua were left shell-shocked by early results which suggested the party could be knocked out of Parliament altogether.

Flavell has lost the seat. The Maori party experiment is over.

Maori voters have returned to the Maori-mander gifting Maori seats to Labour.

No longer will they be able to prop up Bill English’s government.


-NZ Herald


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