With the votes from 133 out of 134 booths counted in the Te Tai Tokerau By-Election Hone Harawiria is leading Labour's Kelvin Davis by 790 votes. This is a bad result for both Maori and Labour.
It's bad for Maori in that all the positive things that are happening in Maoridom will be overshadowed by Hone who will continue to 'look back in anger' and encourage Maori to remain in grievance mode. It is especially bad for Maori in Te TaI Tokerau. They have lost their voice in the corridors of power (if they ever had it). They are now represented by a bit player in the body politik.
It's bad for Labour. Hone has made it clear that the Mana Party will give electoral support to Labour and only Labour. That in itself is sufficient to scare off 'soft' Labour voters. Vote Labour and you get Hone ... wanted or not.
It's a win win for National and a loss loss for Labour.
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