Te Pāti Māori could decide next election - poll

By Will Trafford

Te Pāti Māori could decide the outcome of the next election according to results from the latest Newshub Reid Research political poll.

The poll sees Labour drop six percentage points to just over 38 percent while National has leapt nine points to 40.5 percent.

The polling would see the combination of National and ACT receiving 47.5%, in contrast to another Labour, Greens deal receiving just 44 percent of the vote. Adding the 2.5 percent of the vote garnered by Te Pāti Māori would be enough to push a National, ACT coalition over the 50 percent threshold to govern.

Te Pāti Māori co-leader Rawiri Waititi wouldn’t rule out being part of a National, ACT coalition this morning but said it would require a ‘realignment’ of National and ACT's approach to Te Tiriti issues.

"If they can start to re-align to catering to a more Te Tiriti-centric Aotearoa, then we can have those discussions but at this particular time we're not hearing that."

"There was strong support for National once upon a time ... Te Tiriti o Waitangi allows us to create a system that is fair, that is just, that is equitable for all," he said.

Waititi says the decision on who the Māori Party would go with is also up to co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer.

Waititi added Labour's policies were headed in the right direction but might not be progressive enough.