31 Oct 2011

Poll puts Hone Harawira in lead in Te Tai Tokerau

4:17 pm on 31 October 2011

Mana Party leader Hone Harawira holds the lead in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate, an opinion poll released on Monday suggests.


The Mana, Labour and Maori parties are, however, neck and neck for the party vote.

Hone Harawira retained the Tai Tokerau seat at a by-election in June with a much reduced majority from the 2008 general election when he stood for the Maori Party.

The Te Karere Digipoll has Mr Harawira on 42% support for the electorate vote, with Labour's Kelvin Davis on 35% and Maori Party candidate Waihoroi Shortland on 20%.

The party vote is evenly spread between the three parties. Labour and the Maori Party are on 27% support and Mana on 25%.

At the last election, Labour won almost 3000 more party votes than the Maori Party.

The poll surveyed 400 Maori roll voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9%.