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Congratulations Meka Whaitiri

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 pm, June 29th, 2013 - 12 comments
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Labour has a strong new addition to its caucus – Meka Whaitiri beat two strong candidate fields, first in her selection and then in today’s by-election. Her percentage of the votes cast was higher than Parekura’s in his first go in 1999 – I’m picking he knew what he was doing when he encouraged her to put her name forward.

12 comments on “Congratulations Meka Whaitiri ”

  1. Awesome result for Meka and Labour

  2. Pete 2

    Yes, congratulations to Meka. I hope she serves her constituency well.

    • Great result .However the negative comments are sickening .Where the hell do,these stirrers come from?
      The fact is Labour won repeat won! Plus the fact that the other Left -wing parties all voted well.
      The losers were National’s friends the National Maori party. .
      So once again Labour won and the leader was David Shearer ..

      • QoT 2.1.1

        One hates to be picky, but it’s not like any really right-wing parties ran at all …

        • mac1

          That’s an interesting point, QoT. For me it raises two questions.

          Firstly, why did the right stay out of this contest? Obviously didn’t think they’d win but also didn’t want to be exposed with a very small vote and the attendant criticism. Maybe, also, the right wing Maori vote would either go to Maori as the more conservative, or to another party to bolster the look that Labour is not as strong as it was because other left wing parties are relatively stronger.
          Secondly, how conservative is the Maori party, especially when compared to Mana? Could it be described as centre or centre right within the range of NZ politics?

          Which raises the question. How easily could Mana and Maori parties be re-grouped together as some are calling for?

          • Colonial Viper

            Once Turia and Sharples go, anything is possible. National got 6% of the vote in 2011. The Maori Party were probably the main beneficiaries of those votes, this time around.

          • Richard29

            @Mac1 “Firstly, why did the right stay out of this contest?”

            The most obvious reason would be that they don’t want to run in a Maori electorate and give the seat some kind of legitimacy for their party because it is still National Party policy to abolish the Maori seats. Brash campaigned on it, Key has not – but the policy remains.

            It would be interesting to see what happens in this space if 2014 gives us a National/NZFirst coalition and the government does not need to rely on the Maori Party:

            Here is Winston’s position on the Maori seats:
            “promote the position that while New Zealand First supports the proposition of one single franchise, that none-the-less the decision to abolish Māori seats is a decision for the people to make having examined the significant increase in representation numbers of MPs with Maori in their background under M.M.P;”

            The key question with that is what NZ First means by “the people”, does that mean a straight majority of our mostly Pakeha society voting on whether there should be Maori seats or not?

  3. xtasy 3

    Congratulations Meka! You did better than I expected. It is a good result, given some popular competing contenders. Most surprisingly and admirably you did so reasonably well – despite of David the Shearer casting his shadow around your electorate.

    What a sigh of relief must have come from your – and more likely his mouth, same as from the mouthes of the “ABCers”.

    But what is 42 per cent of roughly 36 per cent of the eligible voters that bothered to go and vote? 15. 1 per cent of eligible voters in Te Ikaroa Rawhiti gave you your vote. Never mind, a win is a win.

    Much work to do to get other voters interested, bothered or even “convinced”.

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    I believe that this lovely, hard-working and capable wahine will be a great asset to the Labour Party caucus, as was Parekura.

  5. JonL 5

    I’m a Mana supporter, but, congratulations to Meka – she will be an asset to the electorate.

  6. millsy 6

    Congratulations Meka. You have big boots to fill. All the best for your time in Parliament.

    And well done Mana. A good effort for silver.

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