Davis' win a critical blow for Harawira, Internet Mana

ON THE WAY OUT: Hone Harawira said he didn't think the alliance with the Internet Party caused his supporters to lose faith.
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ON THE WAY OUT: Hone Harawira said he didn't think the alliance with the Internet Party caused his supporters to lose faith.

Labour's Kelvin Davis' victory in Te Tai Tokerau has sent Hone Harawira and Internet Mana packing.

Harawira led early on, but Davis took the lead halfway through the count and had a comfortable margin of just over 1100 votes late in the night.

The Internet Mana party only registered 1.3 per cent of the national vote - a long way from the 5 per cent needed without an electorate seat.

LABOUR'S CANDIDATE: Kelvin Davis.
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LABOUR'S CANDIDATE: Kelvin Davis.

Harawira said talks would be held on the future of Internet Mana only after the final result was known.

"It might be the end of my mainstream political career, but it won't be the end of politics for Hone Harawira."

Harawira, who had been a "political beast" all of his adult life, said he did not think the alliance with the Internet Party caused his supporters to lose faith.

"Surprisingly I don't think so. When I talked to a lot of people, they made it clear to me that if they didn't understand it they wouldn't support it (at the outset). "

"I think we needed to take it to another level, I think we needed to take it to a wider audience, and I'm happy that we have."

Harawira said he had never admitted defeat in his life and would not tonight. But he said he felt ganged-up on.

"But not to the point where I'm going to cry about it. I think it's a measure of our success that four other parties backed one candidate.

"Two of those parties didn't even stand candidates, he said.

"Next time if you really want to get rid of me, stand your own candidate."

He said he wasn't sure whether former Mana party candidate Clinton Dearlove had taken votes off him or not.

"Mihi to Clinton, mihi to Te Hira, mihi to Kelvin - they are all my relations so I wish them well."

He said his car accident slowed him up for a few days, but he does not believe it affected his campaign.

"I think it was just one of those things that happen. I came out of it well. I was very fortunate."

Te Tai Tokerau stretches from the Auckland Harbour Bridge to Cape Reinga.

The median age of its Maori population is 25, the oldest-equal among Maori electorates, but below the New Zealand average of 37.

It has high unemployment amongst Maori, with nearly one in 10 without a job in 2013.

Almost half of those employed worked in construction, health care and social assistance, retail, education or manufacturing.

In the last general election Te Tai Tokerau voted with its party vote 35 per cent for Labour. Mana received 24 per cent, the Maori Party 11 per cent, NZ First 10 per cent, National 9 per cent and the Greens 9 per cent.

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