Nov 2, 2011

Native Affairs Kowhiri 11: Te Tai Hauauru

Native Affairs is on the road again, this time in Whanganui at St Mary's Church. The debate will feature Tariana Turia (incumbent - Maori Party), Soraya Peke-Mason (Labour), Jack McDonald (Greens) and Fredrick Timutimu (Mana). The debate will take a "town hall" format and screen at 9.00pm on Maori TV.

Native Affairs will travel to all seven Maori electorates. The debates, in my opinion, have the ability to change the trajectory of the Maori elections. Case in point the Te Tai Tonga debate. After Monday no one will say that Mana's Clinton Dearlove (aka Hurricane) isn't going to do well.

Tonight, I think Tariana will fend off her opponents. Having said that, Soraya Peke-Mason is a strong candidate and genuine good person. Jack McDonald is, without doubt, a future leader and will be part of the Greens caucus when he's ready to make the step up. Fredrick Timutimu is, like Dearlove, a little bit of an unknown quantity and he could, like Dearlove, come out of left field and steal the show.

Should be an interesting watch, but I think the smart money's on Tariana to clean up. Unlike the others she is no stranger to debates - even televised debates. I think her Mana alone will scare the other candidates - it would scare me.  

(I probably won't blog on the debate until the show comes online)

1 comment:

  1. Heading back to the office after a meeting today and bumped into an Uncle. He introduces me to the "Hurricane" and my Uncle gruffs at me - "do you know who this is?" I said of course Uncle he's the ummm....(racking my brain)..."the candidate for Mana in Te Tai Tonga!". I read your blog just yesterday hehe about your views on the debate between the Tai Tonga candidates, and the Hurricane being somewhat of a surprise find for Māori politics. He seemed quite young too, I think Māori politics needs an injection of rangatahi - actually so does Labour's line-up but that's another story. While not a Mana supporter (don't tell my Uncle) I found Clinton to be quite engaging and confident. He was off to chat up the whanau at the kohanga just down the road. So thanks for the blog! I wasn't afraid to get it wrong in front of the Hurricane - just my scary uncle!! Off to watch the Hauauru debates now :)



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