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Tariana’s last election tinged by sadness

Nov 10th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

STORY & PICTURE: Queenie Rikihana (Ngati Raukawa – Koroki)

Maori party co-leader Tariana Turia – surrounded by her beloved mokopuna – stands before her party faithful at Whangaehu marae to accept for the third and last time the accolades of getting a 6834 majority in her Te Tai Hauauru seat.
Although it was not announced on Election night, a hint that the 08 Election would be her last came when Turia’s husband George accepted from their Ngati Apa tribe a carved waka huia style box with a small pounamu patu inside.

Tears and cheers greeted the families’ acceptance of the gift.

Even though it was nudging midnight and the couple were due to leave at 6am for a Marae television appearance next day, Tariana kicked back and received the many hugs from her loyal whanau workers and friends.

ABOVE: Tariana hears the final night’s tally and is about to make her way up to the stage to greet her whanau.

ABOVE: Locals are unfazed by the huge media presence on the marae.

Reported on Saturday night:

By Queenie Rikihana (Ngati Raukawa – Koroki) & David Banks (Ngati Raukawa – Katihiku) 

THE MOOD changed quickly at Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia’s Whangaehu marae HQ as people realised Derek Fox and Angeline Ngahine Greensill would not get over the line to give them the hoped-for seven seats.
However, there was jubilation that once again “safe as houses” candidate Mrs Turia had delivered the goods with a 97% share of the vote for the candidate despite a dip in the overall party vote to 60%.
Mr Fox lost to Labour’s Parekura Horomia and Ms Greensill to Nanaia Mahutu, also Labour.

In Mrs Turia’s home marae, the Te Aroha whare kai resembled a USA presidental newsroom at times with every TV channel – TV3, TV1, Maori Party and RNZ jostling for prime crowd shots of Mrs Turia and whanau reaction shots. 

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  1. Kia ora tātou,
    Ngā mihi nui rawa atu ki a koe Rāwiri mō te tuhinga kua kohia e koe.
    This story reflects exactly how I and many Māori around the motu felt on the night. Sheer delight that Māori had gained another seat and of course tinged with sadness that Derek Fox and Angeline Greensill had missed by narrow margins.
    On a positive note it is pleasing to see that John Key or his advisors recognize New Zealand’s demographic future predictions and have responded by asking the Māori Party to the table to discuss the possibility of establishing a relationship with National to form a government. I look forward to the outcome.

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