Final thoughts on Ikaroa-Rawhiti – Shearer’s leadership hangs by a thread


Here are my final thoughts on Ikaroa-Rawhiti, party by party.

Labour have everything to lose and very little to win. Rightly or wrongly, the result will be a verdict on David Shearer’s leadership, if Labour win by a margin less than a 1000, Shearer will be in trouble. Wanting to ‘terrorize’ his opponents and SkyCity corporate box hopping will be seen as contributing factors. As a candidate, Meka has been a fizzer. She can’t connect with her audiences and her cold demeanor hasn’t helped the impression that her win via her Brother’s vote in her selection propelled a candidate minus the abilities into the position. The mess the Labour leadership has made of the selection process by trying to parachute in a candidate hasn’t helped.

While never in the running to win this (something Marama herself has admitted), the Greens wanted a candidate who would project to the wider national audience and in Marama they have found an incredible candidate who must be awarded a top 10 list placement for her sterling candidacy. My guess is that come 2014 election, Marama Davidson will be an MP off the Green Party list.

Maori Party
Really strong run by Na, but the fuel has all gone from the Maori Party tank. Most of the Party infrastructure have walked off and joined MANA. If Maori Party place 3rd or 4th, it will be the death rattle of the Party.

Higher advanced voting than last election is a testament to MANAs get the vote out early campaign. Te Hamua has proven to be a far stronger candidate than Labour expected. His resonance with the electorate on the ground is far greater than any other candidate, he has charmed voters in the exact same way his Uncle did. The youngest Party in Parliament has given the Labour ‘machine’ a run for their money and MANAs performance will be a victory for flax roots political movements. MANA will have the momentum for the other Maori electorates running into 2014 election.

My pick
I think there is a 25% chance of an upset here and that Labour may lose this seat. The Maori electorates are infamous for huge swings in support and the buzz Te Hamua has managed to create amongst the younger demographic, if carried on the day, could see him win.

Scenario 1:
Mana 1st
Labour 2nd
Greens 3rd
Maori Party 4th

Scenario 2:
Labour 1st
MANA second
Maori Party 3rd
Greens 4th

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  1. I agree with you. Labour will lose this by election. Their candidate is very weak. I am constantly hearing on the ground that she is not confident and proud to stand as the first Maori lesbian leader for Ikoroa.
    Having her brother on the select panel did give her a unfair advantage over the other candidates.
    Labour must be getting nervous if this is on The NZ Herald today:

    The boundaries of “treating” have come under scrutiny during the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection after Mana’s candidate Te Hamua Nikora held a free sausage sizzle then drove up five or six carloads of young voters to the polling booths to make an early vote.

    Well the local people know for a fact that Meka drove a van load of young voters in school uniform to the polling booth to cast their vote early. There is a nice photo of them on her Facebook page.
    Isn’t this the pot calling the kettle black?

  2. This is very accurate assessment of the IR by election. Labour still believes its left wing when it abandoned Maori at the foreshore. Labour is centre not far from National. I doubt labour will survive 100 years its looking bleak.

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