Apr 17, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Election brings us less Maori in Parliament

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(Waatea News)Theres fewer Maori in the next parliament after Saturdays election.

Labour MP Shane Jones high list placing means he stays on despite falling 746 votes behind Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples in Tamaki Makaurau.

Tariana Turia and Te Ururoa Flavell also retained their seats, but Rahui Katene lost Te Tai Tonga to Labours Rino Tirikatene.

Labours failure to win more than 28 percent of the list vote means Kelvin Davis is looking for a new job after polling 874 behind Hone Harawira in Te Tai Tokerau.

Because Mana won only 1 percent of the list vote, Mr Harawira is in Parliament alone.

Both Parekura Horomia and Nanaia Mahuta held their seats for Labour by 5000 plus majorities, and Louisa Wall from Ngati Tuwharetoa picked up the safe Manurewa seat.

Winston Peters is back in Parliament after a three year absence, but the only Maori high enough on the New Zealand First list to join him is former television weatherman turned gold buyer Brendan Horan.

The Greens will have three Maori in their caucus co-leader Metiria Turei, Dave Clendon and new MP Denise Roche.

Of the National MPs of Maori origin, Paula Bennett held Waitakere on the night, and Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross easily retained their seats.

Hekia Parata s high list placing guaranteed her return, and Nationals 48 percent share of the party vote was enough to get Tau Henare back for his fourth term in Parliament, but Paul Quinn just missed the cut.

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