The 7 Maori electorates voted in 5 Maori Party MPs, and 2 Labour MPs – Parekura Horomia and Nanaia Mahuta holding onto Ikaroa-Rawhiti and Hauraki-Waikato respectively.
With a National Government – and no prospect of talks with Labour – the Maori Party are not needed by National, ACT and United Future to rule, but have still been invited in to talks with National leader John Key tomorrow.
While I have no doubt anything negotiated by Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples will be brought back to Maori through consultative hui, it’s worth considering where Maori who voted in the Maori electorates put their party vote – and it wasn’t with the right:
It’s impossible to say why Maori voters in the Maori electorates are so emphatically rejecting the right while non-Maori New Zealanders are embracing them – but it does mean John Key’s National has a long way to go. Since he no longer needs the Maori Party this term, it will be interesting to see what he is prepared to offer – and whether any deals struck shift Maori voters towards the right next election.