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Turia Puts Weight Behind Greensill Bid

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Tariana Turia
Tariana Turia

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia gave her Hauraki-Waikato candidate Angeline Greensill a boost today as the battle with incumbent MP Nanaia Mahuta heated up.

Hauraki-Waikato is the new name for the old Tainui Maori electorate, where boundaries have changed since the 2005 election.

Ms Greensill lost in 2005 to Labour's Ms Mahuta, who retained Tainui with a majority of 1860.

The seat has been a Labour stronghold but polls are tight.

Recently Maori Party MP Hone Harawira put the cat among the pigeons with a remark about supporting both candidates which was taken to mean giving Ms Greensill the electorate vote and Ms Mahuta the party vote.

Mrs Turia today talked up Ms Greensill's chances.

"The campaign for that seat is running neck-to-neck, and we're encouraging all of our supporters to talk to their whanau about enrolling, about voting, and of course about supporting someone who will make a huge difference for all people across Hauraki-Waikato".

Ms Mahuta has warned Maori voters that the Maori Party may support National and she needs both ticks.

"The challenge has to be, if you're going to vote for the horse, vote for the jockey that knows how to ride that horse. There is no guarantee that the Maori Party will deliver a Labour-led government, in fact they may be a Trojan horse for National Government," she told a recent Waikato Times candidates' debate.

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