Hope for the Māori Party: Tertiary students in Waiariki voted Flavell over Coffey

Nathan Williams has spent the last week looking into how different polling stations voted, and how polling stations at tertiary institutes voted.

Today he’s looked into the tertiary institutes in the Waiariki electorate, checking out how students there voted for the Waiariki local MP.

In all but one of the four tertiary education institutes, Te Ururoa Flavell of the Māori Party had a significant majority over Labour’s Tamati Coffey.

If Te Ururoa Flavell can keep and expand that student support till the 2020 election, the Māori Party has a chance of return.

Rotorua Māori Party candidate endorses National MP

Wendy Biddle

Following the Māori Party press release the other day, criticising the Labour Party for supporting same-sex marriage, the Māori Party’s Rotorua candidate came out today and endorsed the National MP for Rotorua, Todd McClay.

This is quite contrary to Marama Fox’s quite public position of leaning towards a Labour/Greens government, but obviously nobody else got the memo.

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

It’s really little surprise, having worked in the National government for the last 9 years- I guess they’re pretty comfortable, regardless of what the voters want.

“We know we’re in the sights of Labour, we’re not even in the conversation. They want to eliminate us.” she said, ignoring the fact they’ve comfortably supported the National government for a decade.

It’s pretty clear that a vote for the Māori Party is a slight gamble on change. Yes, the decision does go back to the membership, but the party appears to be either against or agnostic to change. If you’re fine with another term of National government, feel free to vote for the Māori Party, but if you want definite change, whilst still voting for excellent advocacy for Māori rights, then you ought to consider voting Greens.

Māori Party press release weirdly criticises Labour for supporting same-sex marriage

Controversial Māori Party press release

In this press release published last Friday, the Māori Party has criticised Labour for supporting same-sex marriage back in 2013.

Furthermore, Tuilagi Saipele Esera is urging our Pacific people and communities…“do not vote for the Labour Party that continues to decriminalise and legalise against our core Christian and Pacific Cultural Values.”

“They decriminalised prostitution, and legalised same sex marriages. Now they want to legalise ‘death on demand’ via legalising Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide”.

This is especially questionable, as all three Māori Party MPs voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

Party co-leader Marama Fox has distanced herself from the press release on Twitter, saying:

Regardless, it’s concerning as to why their Pasifika members are expressing personal perspectives in a Māori Party press release, especially perspectives so contrary to the party’s preceding position.

Labour + Greens + Māori have enough to govern in latest poll

James Shaw, Jacinda Ardern, and Te Ururoa Flavell

One News released a new poll tonight, results shown in the tweet above.

  • Labour 43%
  • National 39%
  • Greens 5%
  • NZ First 9%
  • Māori 2%
  • ACT 0.1%

Irregardless of any predicted changes to the electorates, here’s each party’s total seats:

  • Labour 53
  • National 48
  • Greens 6
  • NZ First 11
  • Māori 2
  • ACT 1


Labour + Greens = 59 seats, 2 short

National + ACT = 49 seats, 12 short

Labour just needs the Māori Party’s 2 seats to govern, whereas National needs both NZ First and the Māori Party to govern.