Parata stick­ing with Mana

Kapi-Mana News - - ELECTION 2014 - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Hekia Parata had mixed emo­tions on Satur­day night, with a record win for the Na­tional Party, but a de­ci­sive loss for her per­son­ally in the Mana elec­torate.

De­spite los­ing to Kris Faafoi by 6785 votes, Parata said she had given it her best shot.

‘‘We worked blim­min’ hard,’’ she said at Mana Cruis­ing Club on the night.

Though the cam­paign­ing was over, she said her work in Mana was not.

‘‘I’ll con­tinue to par­tic­i­pate in the things I can. I’ll con­tinue to work away. It’s a great elec­torate.’’

After months of trav­el­ling, Parata said she would be right back into work with no break planned un­til Christ­mas.

It is not con­firmed if Parata, No 7 on the Na­tional Party list, will re­main Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘If the Prime Min­is­ter wants me to do it, I’ll be happy to do it,’’ she said.


Win and loss:

Na­tional Party Mana can­di­date Hekia Parata with her 2013 youth MP Liam Booth.

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