Kōwhiri 14 - Te Tai Tonga voters say Govt has not provided enough support after earthquakes

70% of Te Tai Tonga voters say the Government has not done enough to support whānau after the earthquakes.

According to the Kōwhiri 14 exclusive poll results released on the first of 7 Native Affairs Māori Electorate debate specials last night, only 19% of Te Tai Tonga voters feel the Government has provided adequate support to families affected by the earthquakes. 

The four leading Māori candidates vying for the region which included current MP for Te Tai Tonga, Rino Tirikatene of Labour, Ngaire Button for the Māori Party, Georgina Beyer of the Internet-MANA Movement and Dora Langsbury of the Greens joined Mihingarangi Forbes in studio and were given an opportunity to respond to the results and highlight how they would tackle the issues that matter most to the people of their rohe.

The poll results also revealed, Labour is leading in Te Tai Tonga with 43% of potential voter support in the electorate. Incumbent MP for Te Tai Tonga, Rino Tirikatene of the Labour Party is ahead with 48%, while Ngaire Button of the Māori Party received 17%, with Dora Langsbury of the Greens and Georgina Beyer of the MANA Movement both sitting at 9%.

Te Tai Hauāuru candidates will face off in the second 1-hour special on Wednesday August 27, and all the debates will be simulcast on Māori Television and www.maoritelevision.com.