Actor Cliff Curtis has become the latest celebrity to publicly declare support for the Mana Movement.
Curtis, the star of films including The Dark Horse and Once Were Warriors, joins former Warrior player and TV personality Wairangi Koopu and hip-hop star King Kapisi in Mana’s celebrity stable.
Curtis will attend the campaign launch of Mana’s Annette Sykes in Waiariki tomorrow, the party said.
Singer Maisey Rika will also be there.
The seat is currently held by Maori Party leader Te Ururoa Flavell, who is thought to be the front-runner though Sykes believes they have clawed back his lead.
In a statement tonight, Sykes said the presence of Curtis and Koopu was aimed at the youth vote.
"A key goal for Mana this election is to mobilise our people to vote, especially rangatahi, and win Waiariki. To help with this we've got Maisey Rika, Cliff Curtis, and our Mana Youth Ambassador, Wairangi Koopu, all lending their support for the launch and the wider campaign," she said.
Sykes said their billboards were up already and from next week they would be “knocking on every voter's door in the electorate asking them for their support".
Sykes said their focus was on creating new jobs and ensuring existing ones were safe and well paid.
The Waiariki electorate comprises the Central North Island and Bay of Plenty areas, including Taupo, Rotorua, and Tauranga.