Interesting weekend of election politics with the National Party and Māori Party releasing their candidate lists, the Labour Māori Caucus declares war and TOP release an interesting means to fund our environment with Teal Visas.

National Party List:

The National Party list is so white and male it may as well be called a loaf. It has all the diversity of your average South Island electorate during quiz night, in fact National have so many white men running thy couldn’t fit them all in and Michael Woodhouse, on seeing his ranking spat the dummy and effectively quit.

When will rich white men get a break in the National Party?


Māori Party List:

They have the youngest candidate at 20 years of age on their list with Hana-Rawhiti Maipi-Clarke  ranked at number 4 which is an incredibly smart play by the Māori Party. One of the reasons they are polling so well is because there is a fundamental demographics change issuing in NZ and it is younger and browner, by placing her at number 4, the Māori Party are pushing that younger demographic to get out and vote to ensure she enters Parliament. It’s a clever tactic that shows how well they know their voting demographics.


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Labour Māori Caucus declare war:

The Labour Māori Caucus came out all guns blazing with now new Māori specific policy but a declaration of war that National/ACT will strip all the gains Māori have made in the last 6 years. Seeing as the Māori Labour Caucus has brought over $3 Billion in extra funding for Māori specific policy in their 6 years, they have done more to fund Māori than any other Government inn NZ history. They have an amazing record to run on and are warning Māori voters it’s all at risk if National and ACT win.

Staunch play that they will carry throughout the country while David Seymour jokes about blowing up Brown Ministries. The problem for the Right is that the more dog whittling they go, the harder the push back from Māori voters.


TOP Teal Visa:

TOP released a very smart immigration policy over the weekend, their Teal Visa that will set up a fund that directly helps combat climate change.

It’s smart, targeted and certainly worth considering. TOP continue to impress by being that APP you use that keeps updating and giving better features.


The Working Group will go on the road this week with our first live-streamed simulcast TV Debate in Napier Tuesday night 7pm:


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