Monday, June 27, 2005



Maori Party List

The Maori Party has released its party list. But will it matter? On current polling, the party is expected to take five of the seven Maori seats, but to only capture 1 or 2% of the vote - meaning that there will be an overhang and no list candidates will be appointed. Given the rankings, they'd need to get 5% before getting their first list candidate (most likely Ikaroa-Rawhiti's Atareta Poananga). OTOH, there's some reason to believe that Maori Party supporters, being mostly rural with fewer telephones, are under-represented in the polls, and they reportedly have a great party machine pounding the pavement and getting out the vote.

Unfortunately I'm having trouble surveying Maori Party candidates as they have very little information on their web-page, and practically no contact information. If anyone can help out here, please let me know in the comments.

4 comments:

The contact details for the Maori Party (as on the website contacts page) are as follows:
Phone: (04) 471 9900
Fax: (04) 238 4156
Postal:PO Box 50-271, Porirua

Email: enquiry@maoriparty.com

Professor. Whatarangi Winiata (Party President)
whatarangi.winiata@maoriparty.com

Tariana Turia
tariana.turia@parliament.govt.nz
Dr. Pita Sharples
pita.sharples@maoriparty.com

It is our party policy not to divulge personal phone numbers - but you should receive an immediate response at any of the above contact points.

National Secretary, Maori Party

Posted by Hekeretari : 6/27/2005 03:28:00 PM

Thanks. I've tried mailing Tariana and Pita before; I'll try again.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 6/27/2005 03:55:00 PM

Idiot,

Unless you're better-resourced than I expect, I suggest that you request an English translation from any candidates who wish to reply in Maori.

Because I can see why they'd want their answers posted in Maori, but if they do I'm not going to be able to read them.

Posted by Icehawk : 6/28/2005 03:32:00 PM

Of course, the same applies to other parties too. And if anyone wants to provide a Maori translation of comments they gave in English that's surely a good thing.

Posted by Icehawk : 6/28/2005 03:35:00 PM