North Taranaki Midweek - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Kia ora koutou. Well, the peo­ple have spo­ken but un­for­tu­nately the mes­sage is more than a lit­tle mud­dled.

It will be a few weeks be­fore we know what the elec­tion re­sult will bring but it is im­por­tant these things are not rushed. Bet­ter to get it right now than have to have an elec­tion in 18 months.

It has been an ex­cit­ing time with the rise of Jacinda turn­ing heads and hearts, but in the end peo­ple seemed to want the sta­tus quo.

I must say it is a bit rich of Jacinda to cosy up to the Greens now when she spent the elec­tion cam­paign dis­tanc­ing her­self from them.

And ditto for Na­tional, who bad-mouthed Win­ston Peters up hill and down dale but now sud­denly he is their best mate.

The party I feel most sorry for is the Ma¯ ori Party and, by ex­ten­sion, the Ma¯ ori peo­ple. If Win­ston goes with Na­tional, then once again Ma¯ ori will not have a voice. They will have backed the op­po­si­tion party. Those who won the Ma¯ ori seats will fol­low the party line not the peo­ple line.

Ma¯ ori need their own voice.

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