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Mind-Blowing! Unbelievable Surge in Support Clinches Four Māori Electorates for Te Pāti Māori!

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Mind-Blowing! Unbelievable Surge in Support Clinches Four Māori Electorates for Te Pāti Māori!

Te Pāti Māori Claims Victory in Four Māori Electorates

Te Pāti Māori electorate wins.

Four electorates were claimed by Te Pāti Māori candidates.
Photo: (RNZ and supplied images)

Te Pāti Māori has emerged victorious in four out of seven Māori electorates, securing its place in Parliament under a National-led government.

The party has claimed victory in the Waiāriki, Te Tai Hauāuru, Te Tai Tonga, and Hauraki-Waikato electorates, which grants them four seats in Parliament.

While closely contested races were seen in two of the remaining three electorates, Tāmaki Makaurau, Te Taitokerau, and Ikaroa-Rāwhiti are expected to be retained by Labour.

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi expressed gratitude to voters, stating that the election results reflect a desire for change and a belief in Māori leadership.

Waiariki: Rawiri Waititi’s Victory

Rawiri Waititi

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi (file photo).
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

In the electorate of Waiariki, Rawiri Waititi maintained a significant lead throughout election night, securing a victory with over 11,000 votes ahead of his closest competitor.

During his speech in Rotorua, Waititi declared that “the tide is turning” and invited both Māori and non-Māori voters who felt left behind to support his team, emphasizing inclusivity and unity.

He also paid tribute to his late mother, acknowledging her as a source of strength and support.

Te Tai Hauāuru: Debbie Ngarewa-Packer’s Success

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer (file photo).
Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, co-leader of Te Pāti Māori, successfully retained the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate with a margin of over 6000 votes.

In her speech, Ngarewa-Packer acknowledged the pain experienced by Māori and attributed the shift in support across Māori electorates to this sentiment.

She also expressed gratitude towards her competitor, Soraya Peke-Mason, for running a positive and respectful campaign.

Hauraki-Waikato: Hana-Rāwhiti Maipi-Clarke’s Victory

Hana-Rāwhiti Maipi-Clarke, Te Pāti Māori candidate for Hauraki-Waikato

Hana-Rāwhiti Maipi-Clarke (file photo).
Photo: Supplied / Erica Sinclair

Kā pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi – As one net is cast aside, a new one takes its place

Hana-Rāwhiti Maipi-Clarke has emerged victorious in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate, becoming the youngest elected MP since 1853.

This victory marks the beginning of Maipi-Clarke’s political career, while also concluding the parliamentary service of Nanaia Mahuta, who served for 27 years.

Despite a close race, Maipi-Clarke secured the victory by a margin of over 1000 votes.

Mahuta congratulated Maipi-Clarke and pledged her support in advancing the aspirations of Hauraki-Waikato. She also warned of upcoming challenges as a ‘blue wave’ awaited the new Parliament.

Te Tai Tonga: Tākuta Ferris’s Success

Te Pāti Māori candidate Tākuta Ferris won Te Tai Tonga electorate.

Te Pāti Māori candidate Tākuta Ferris won Te Tai Tonga electorate (file photo).
Photo: Supplied/ Te Pāti Māori

Tākuta Ferris has secured the Te Tai Tonga electorate for Te Pāti Māori, defeating Rino Tirikatene of the Labour Party, who had held the electorate since 2011.

Ferris expressed that more Māori are choosing to stand up and be heard, and highlighted the engagement and movement among Māori voters.

He affirmed his commitment, alongside his colleagues, to champion kaupapa Māori in Parliament and encouraged Māori across the nation to become involved in genuine change.

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