4 Apr 2011

Sharples losing support in electorate poll

6:40 am on 4 April 2011

Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples is shrugging off a poll which shows him losing ground to Labour's Shane Jones in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate.

With campaigning yet to start in earnest, Horizon Poll indicated Dr Sharples majority of 7540 would drop to just over 1000.

Dr Sharples told Waatea News that he believes the Maori Party still has strong backing.

"I stand on my track record, so I'll just stand and if I'm wanted, then I'll get in," he said.