Waatea News Column: Marama Davidson’s Tamaki Makaurau attempt a chance for the Māori Party


One of the problems for the Green Party is that it is essentially a middle class party focused on alienating Identity Politics over and above the actual environment. This locks them into a very white electorate so on first blush, Marama Davidson’s declaration today to make a serious run at winning Tāmaki Makaurau makes sense as the Greens attempt to appeal outside their white middle class voter base.

The problem is that this election Labour are not expected to get the easy ride in the Māori electorates they gained in 2017. A plethora of issues have erupted that question the wisdom of Labour holding all the political representation of Māori. Labour have made Willie Jackson’s job of returning all 7 electorates to Labour incredibly difficult as they refuse to give anything to Māori that might be construed as ‘special privilege’.

This lack of courage opens the door for the Māori Party to finally make a poltical return. Talks are well advanced for John Tamihere (who won the seat in 2002) to be the possible candidate and while the West Auckland battler lost to Phil Goff in the Auckland mayoralty, he retained an enormous list of Māori who vote in the electorate and is well positioned to turn his 80 903 votes for Mayor into a result that easily swamps Peeni Henare’s current 4000 majority.

Marama Davidson declaring she will make a serious attempt on the seat risks eating into Peeni’s majority, splitting the vote and makes Tamihere’s possible win even easier.

If Marama Davidson accidentally splits the vote in Tāmaki Makaurau and allows the Māori Party to win with a Tamihere candidacy, it has the possibility of reshaping the Government.

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In 2020 it is where the Māori vote goes to that will decide this years election.

First published on Waatea News.


  1. Greens exclusive identity politics is alienating to the middle class… that is why they are in free fall voter wise.

    Many poor people do not respond to the environment and so by Greens becoming more interested in Labour or socialist policy than Green policy, there is a clash for voters as well as alienating their core environmental voters, which in clean Green NZ, there are a lot of them!

    Alienating home owning Pakeha and mixed race (Maori/Pakeha) voters who go to the environmental rallies and fought along side their brothers for civil rights, feminism, the treaty, anti war, the environment in the 70’s and 80’s are now seemingly no longer welcome in the exclusive Greens culture.

    Think how quickly they managed to destroy the Pride Parade with that approach.

    So if you have never done any civic duty, barely worked a day in your life, your idea of a protest is to put down others on twitter based on age, race or gender, (ok white boomers), you make headlines blaming white micro aggressions for the CHCH terror attacks… then surprise surprise, you are jettisoning your loyal voters in favour of a tiny amount of dysfunctional flakes and giving the election to the Natz.

  2. And dont forget Turiana’s nephew Adrian Rurawhe in Te Tai Hauāuru, Turianas old seat she gifted him could be up for a challenge by ‘whatshername’ Packer. Less than 1000 votes separated the Labour candidate, from the Maori Party candidate. With Jack McDonald giving up 2500 votes for the Gweens, that could be two Maori seats to the Maori Party!

    • Yes but the Maori party support the Natz so I’m not sure that’s good news for Maori.

      Did many Maori lives improve under the Maori party and Natz coalition, in and post power, aka housing, meth and wage theft is a disaster under Natz rule and now in freefall with COL who seem to be underestimating the causes and solutions by a lot!

      • Thats not my point. Its about the numbers.
        I agree, that they became House Niggas. No different to what the Maori Labour MP’s are now.
        When the fuck will Maori MP’s stand up for themselves and for Tangata Whenua?

        • Parliament is supposed to soften radical positions. That’s the only way to get funding. If you sell income producing assets for cash then you’re not my kind. My kind protest from inside parliament, puts injunctions on the sale of state housing and god forbid water exports from inside parliament.

        • Mana was the best for all, but being a threat to neoliberalism , they were neutralised with relentless attack politics.

  3. Is it actually the case that the Maori party will only go with National?
    I thought the only reason for this was that their former leader hated Labour – and it makes more sense for them to play both sides of the spectrum

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