It’s official with 100% of the voting booths counted Hone Harawira has regained his seat, ensured that the Mana Movement is a force to be reckoned with. Despite claims from iPredict that there would be 1% between them, over 11,606 people voted with 48% of them voting for Hone and the Mana Party, Labour Party MP Kelvin Davis got 41% with Tipene Solomon of the Maori Party gaining just 9% overall.
What was interesting is that given the resources that the Labour Party had at its disposal, they were still not able to overcome the fact that Hone Harawira understands the issues on the ground, and that is what it is about.
His ability to lead was never in question, what many wanted to see was how well the Maori Party would fair and the fact that they were unable to get into even double digits is a clear sign of the disconnect that former supporters must have felt.
There are 5 months till the next election, what will be interesting to see is how this new Movement turn this first win into something much greater, with the inclusion of Party votes in the General Election, what will this mean for the number of seats that might be won.
Watch this space.