Seat #4: Te Tai Tokerau

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Te Tai Tokerau is a Maori electorate covering the Northland region, and the northern and western fringes of Auckland.

The electorate has been held since 2005 by Hone Harawira. Harawira was elected in 2005 and 2008 as a Maori Party candidate. In 2011, he left the Maori Party and formed his own Mana Party, and was re-elected as a Mana candidate at a 2011 by-election and at the 2011 general election.

In 2011, Harawira’s victory in Te Tai Tokerau made Mana eligible to win list seats, but the party did not win enough votes to win any additional seats.

For the 2014 election, Mana has formed an alliance with the Internet Party, who are polling a higher vote than Mana, but not enough on their own to cross the 5% threshold. With Mana and Internet running on a single platform, a Harawira victory in Te Tai Tokerau would likely see a number of Mana and Internet MPs elected to Parliament. If Harawira loses to Labour’s Kelvin Davis, both Mana and Internet will likely be excluded from the Parliament.

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