One of the great 2011 electoral success stories for the Green Party has been in the Māori electorates. In all seven Māori electorates the Greens’ share of the party vote has at least doubled and in two, Waiariki and Te Tai Hauāuru, has more than tripled:
|Electorate||% of party vote 2008||% of party vote 2011||% increase in party vote|
|Te Tai Hauāuru||3.47%||10.73%||209.64%|
|Te Tai Tokerau||3.47%||8.25%||137.98%|
|Te Tai Tonga||7.12%||15.27%||114.53%|
What’s more, in Te Tai Tonga, the Greens came second in the party vote, out-polling each of the Māori Party, Mana and National. Overall, the Greens’ share of the vote in the Māori electorates is 10.29%, only marginally less than the 10.62% we received nationwide.
The 2005 election was the only one since the Greens have been in Parliament that saw a loss of Green MPs. Part of the reason for that was a dramatic loss of votes in the Māori electorates to the then newly formed Māori Party. Now, despite the emergence of Mana as another Māori-led party, the Greens are back stronger than ever in the Māori electorates.
Immense credit must go to Metiria Tūrei and our Māori candidates for getting the Green message across to Māori voters. Two of those candidates, David Clendon and Denise Roche, will be joining Metiria in Parliament.