dover samuels..hone harawhira..and a digi-poll on their seat..
all on marae on tv1 at 10.00 this morning..
update:..the above interview proved to be a fascinating look into the structure and candidates of te tai tokerau, the northernmost maori seat, which stretchs from the nth/nth western borders of auckland to cape reinga…
as well as the above candidates, the independent mere mungu(i think..apologies if wrong) was there..she came second to dover last time out….
she proved to be a person of mana and strength..she was very impressive..and is currently polling on a relatively low 15%..but i feel she will grow this vote during the campaign…
dover samuels started slow..but got fired up towards the end with his mantra ‘labour delivers’..(he has lowest ever unemployment amongst maori plus more to boost his case for re-election..he is currently running second..but i also see him eating into the lead currently held by hone harawira..
and there’s the rub..of the three, the maori party candidate harawira was the worst performer..in fact he was almost gobsmackingly awful..
where mere impressed with her mana and clarity of thought/speech..and dover with his passion for the results he feels he has been part of….hone came across as positively surly..like a bodgie gene in overdrive..and barely able to string a coherent thought together or answer questions to any degree of satisfaction..
the conclusions i draw from all this is that the race in te tai tokerau is actually a three horse one…and the result maybe not as clearcut as initial polling indicated..with a huge lead for the maori party..
i see harawiras’s lead fading as the campaign unfolds…(for the above reasons..he sure ain’t cuddly and lovable..)
and the person i see eating most into that lead/support is the current third runner..mere..purely for who she is..(and you just know she would be a cracker of an mp and an asset to any parliament..)
the idea of an independent mp/voice (with the best interests of her people at heart) is also an enticing one..and a further growth/sophistication of mmp to boot..
a further maifestation of that sophistication of mmp would be voters deciding they like the idea/s of the maori party..but they don’t like the party candidate..
solution…candidate vote for mere..party vote for maori party or labour party..
this should be the mantra/message mere takes to the voters of te tai tokerau..i wish her well..
so i see the te tai tokerau race as being very hard to call at this stage..and one that could well come down to the wire..
(but the burning question for me wasn’t asked..”what was their reaction to brashs blunt admonition that the abolishing of the maori seats is a non-negotiable bottom line for national…?”)
go to source/story>>The New Zealand Herald