Sunday, June 30, 2013

Congratulations Meka

Meka Whaitiri is New Zealand's newest MP. Ms Whaitiri won yesterday's Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election with a majority of 1761 votes over the Mana Party's candidate Te Hamua Nikora. The Maori Party and Green Party candidates filled third and fourth places, as predicted.

But Meka Whaitiri's majority will be of concern to Labour. She won 41.5% or the vote, compared to Parekura Horomia having won more than 60% in 2011. And her share of the vote is significantly less that the more-than 50% of Ikaroa-Rawhiti electors who party-voted for Labour in 2011.

This result most certainly can not be taken as a ringing endorsement of David Shearer's leadership. Labour should have won by a far wider margin given the vice-like grip which Mr Horomia held over Ikaroa-Rawhiti.

But it was Meka Whaitiri's night, and we congratulate her sincerely. She will bring a solid background of service to Maori to Parliament.

6 comments:

Edward the Confessor said...

How did the National Party candidate do? Oh wait, that's right, they don'y even have enough respect for Maori voters to put someone up. It's called governing for all New Zealanders.

Keeping Stock said...

That's right Edward; instead of flooding the electorate with MP's campaigning in the taxpayer dime while Parliament is in session, National gets on with governing for all New Zealanders, and doing things like settling the treaty claims that Labour couldn't be bothered with (like Tuhoe), and actually raising Maori achievement. Labour on the other hand is all hui and no do-ey.

But this post isn't about National; it's about Ms Whaitiri; you are the one who is trolling, and that's it for you. See you in the spring.

Edward the Confessor said...

The post's about the by-election result. National's no show is a part of that story. I don't see how that comment could possibly warrant a two month ban. What gives?

Keeping Stock said...

Fair enough Edward; you've argued your case well. Your comment coincided with Australia scoring the winning converted try against the Lions last night (I was watching the second half on MySky), so perhaps I was a little hasty!

Just behave yourself and consider yourself cautioned...

Edward the Confessor said...

I feel your pain. The Erakovic result wouldn't have helped either.

Keeping Stock said...

Quite so; beaten in the doubles as well, I see.