17 Sep 2014

Te Tai Hauauru candidate wary of polls

7:46 pm on 17 September 2014

Labour's candidate for Te Tai Hauauru is dismissing all of the latest polls that have been conducted in the Maori electorates because geographically they are too large to canvass properly, and the sample sizes are too small.

Former Ngati Apa chairman Adrian Rurawhe said he has been campaigning in the western Maori seat in the North Island since February, which stretches from Tokoroa in the north to Porirua in the south.

Though a recent poll taken in Whanganui shows Mr Rurawhe coming a close second behind Maori Party candidate Chris McKenzie, he said he is highly sceptical of the results.

Mr Rurawhe said Maori electorates are really difficult to poll and he does not put a lot of emphasis or credence on surveys that have been recently taken by mainstream and Maori media such as Maori Television.

The ballot taken in Whanganui on Monday night featured many people who are not registered on the Tai Hauauru electorate, he said, and the 300 people who took part is far too small a sample size to consider.

He considered that poll to be highly inaccurate and the one more important to him is the general election on Saturday.

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