Hone Harawira has won the Te Tai Tokerau by-election. Although we strongly opposed him, and would far have preferred Labour's Kelvin Davis to win, it would be churlish not to congratulate the victor, and we do.
But Harawira now faces an even bigger challenge. Getting elected is one thing. Delivering on his promises is another thing altogether. Neither of the main parties in Parliament have indicated a willingness to work with Harawira, and that is hardly surprising; he is a polarising figure with extreme views. He will find it difficult to achieve anything much in the 21 sitting days that remain for the 49th Parliament.
But he has won his first battle, even though Te Tai Tokerau is now one of New Zealand's most marginal electorates. We suspect that Hone Harawira will face an even tougher battle in November, once the make-up of the Mana Party list is made public.