Maori voters push for deal with Labour

Last updated 01:33 13/10/2008

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Potential Maori Party kingmakers are being urged to snub National and do a post-election deal with Labour, polls reveal.

The results of the latest TVNZ Marae programme DigiPolls in Te Tai Tokerau (Northland region) and Tamaki Makaurau (Auckland region) Maori seats show there is about 70 per cent support for the Maori Party doing a post-election deal with Labour.

By contrast, the poll revealed about 62 percent of voters in the two electorates opposed a post-election deal with National.

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples, who received 77.4 percent personal support to be returned for a second term as Tamaki Makaurau MP, said his party would be stupid to ignore such poll figures.

"That is something we will take on board as we move around talking to our people."

Once the result of the November 8 election was known, the party would spend a week consulting its supporters on marae throughout New Zealand, Dr Sharples said.

Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira received 69 percent personal poll support to be returned for a second term.

The poll also revealed a trend in the party vote that will worry Labour.

In the 2005 election, party votes in Te Tai Tokerau electorate went roughly three to two (9788 votes to 6151) in Labour's favour.

The latest electorate poll shows the Maori Party to be leading the party vote stakes over Labour in Te Tai Tokerau by 44.8 per cent to 34.5 per cent.

It is a similar story in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate. In 2005 Labour (10,951 total votes) won the party votes over the Maori Party (5457) by an average of two to one.

The latest poll result has the Maori Party winning the party vote in Tamaki Makaurau by 41.2 percent to 37.5 percent.

The Maori Party, which holds four of the seven Maori seats, is hoping to win them all in next month's election.

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