Greens enter Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election



CONFIRMED: Shortly after posting on The Daily Blog – the Greens confirm they are running in the by-election

The Daily Blog Tipline is buzzing with rumors that the Greens are about to announce they will throw a candidate into the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election.

The Green Party needs to change the perception that they are a white middle class party with holiday homes on Waiheke Island if they are to erode Labour’s tight grip over Auckland’s Maori and Pacific Island electorates.

The Greens managed to beat their nationwide Party vote in only a handful of the 18 Auckland electorates so they badly need to generate more political street cred with the voting block that isn’t white and middle class if the want a real shot at 15% in 2014.

The question will be if Labour and the Greens are ready to butt heads together on the campaign trail. Their inclusion in the race will infuriate Labour, as it will erode Labour vote more than anyone else making a 3 way race into a 4 way race where the real prize will be second place.

In terms of an update on candidates, Na Rongowhakaata Raihania has been selected as the Maori Party candidate but as a Te Ururoa Flavell supporter, the internal faction fighting means the disunity plaguing the internal workings of the Maori Party will impede any real momentum.

MANA has a selection process under way for their two nominees, Te Hamua Nikora and Leon Hawea. Both have explosive oratory skills and I would expect to see a very different type of youthful campaign from MANA.

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No word on the Greens candidate, it could be a parachute (Metiria?) or a local involved in the anti-Fracking or anti-drilling campaigns.

Labour have a real problem on their hands with the inclusion of the Greens in terms of their candidate selection. Labour seem hellbent on parachuting in Shane Taurima because Meka Whatiri is facing difficulties in being accepted by some branches as a candidate. That could work if the race was weak, but in a 4 way race, ignoring the need for a local could burn them.

When it was Labour, Maori Party and MANA, the battle was for second place, but with the Greens joining, Labour will be nervously eyeing up their winning margin.


    • I love it! And none of it would have been necessary had Labour not lost touch with its roots.
      Cudda Shudda Wudda.

      • PS meaning the present government of course (in case anyone decided in any way to misinterpret the meaning of my previous post)

  1. Mana and Greens should stand one candidate for this seat, that they can both support. The seat won’t go to NAct or that other party that thinks you can spell kaupapa without the first a. Labour with Shearer in charge and ABC all over the front bench isn’t worth supporting. This leaves the contest as a real opportunity for Mana/Greens ideas to be put out there. I hope it’s an opportunity that’s taken. A resurgence of the broader left is far more important than whether Mana or Greens get their particular candidate in, and could provide valuable lessons and experience for the full elections to come.

  2. It is not going to be a parachute job, word is they have a good person already raring to go. The Greens will see Mana as a bit of a threat in the long term – they are a much bigger established party why would they bother with Mana.

  3. I’m expecting that the Greens are going to have a much more well rounded candidate than Te Hamua Nikora, Mana’s candidate. But both candidates will bring something unique to the campaign, and it is possible that the smaller parties dilute the Labour vote enough for one of them to edge in front. Probably not though.

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