As the Te Tai Tokerau by-election draws to a close, many whanau around the country will be glued to TVs, radios, social neworking sites Facebook & Twitter for updates and details of the days activities and a result that has been hotly contested by Mana’s Hone Harawira, Labour’s Kelvin Davis, and Maori Party’s Tipene Soloman.
So who will it be?
We’re political junkies so have spent the day watching (mostly FB and Twitter) out for trends and news from on the ground.
We particularly enjoyed following our top Maori Journalists on the ground via Twitter
- @n8tvaffairs Mana party running a slick operation ferrying people to voting booths including from the local hospital #TTT
- @TinaWickliffe Just hit Kaitaia with Mihi Forbes, Pakeha have been going to booths demanding to vote. They were referred to the Electoral Commission. #TTT
- @n8tvaffairs Voter turnout in #TTT is higher than in the last general election. A sign perhaps that Hone has strong support..
- @n8tvaffairs feedback from #TTT is voter turnout is good at the booths this morning. Advanced voting way up too
- @n8tvaffairs So far between 85-240ish votes frm each p/booth in mid-north since 9am. Far-north are booming too #TTT
But there were also some interesting comments coming from Labour MPs
- @TrevorMallard @StuartNashMP @inventory2 @n8tvaffairs @DigitalMaori anyone who says they understand age local trends and turnout relationship bullshitting
- @StuartNashMP @TrevorMallard @inventory2 @n8tvaffairs @DigitalMaori & if anyone does understand such trends we would welcome them in Napier with open arms
So the Northern Advocate is asking, “Will it be Hone, or Kelvin. Or will it be Solomon, or Kelvyn or Maki – the new MP for the Te Tai Tokerau electorate should be known by 10pm.” The MPs cast their votes and now are settling in for a nail biting night.
Where the Candidates will be:
- Mr Harawira at Mahimaru Marae, State Highway 10, Awanui
- Mr Tipene will be at Hoani Waititi Marae, West Auckland,
- Mr Davis at the Kawakawa RSA and Mr Alp will be in Karaka.
The Electoral Commission said preliminary results would be available from 7pm onward
Advance votes should be available by 7.30pm while the results from 50 per cent of the 133 polling stations – including 88 in Northland – should be through be 9pm.
Final tallies should be available between 9pm-10pm, with no promises that all the votes will be counted of course.
Official results of the Te Tai Tokerau by-election are due for release on June 6 by noon.