Flavell says he has had enough


‘‘This was not our day.’’

Te Ururoa Flavell says he won’t be back in any Ma¯ori Party re­vival and took a part­ing shot at the voters who showed him the door.

The ousted Ma¯ ori Party coleader lost his seat after a Labour Party rout of the Ma¯ ori elec­torates, tak­ing all seven in em­phatic style.

Flavell trailed his Wa­iariki op­po­nent, Labour’s Ta­mati Cof­fey, from start to fin­ish, end­ing the night about 1000 votes be­hind.

‘‘This was not our day,’’ Flavell told a crowd of 150 party faith­ful in Ma¯ori at Waiteti Marae near Ro­torua. ‘‘Ma¯ori have spo­ken and they said, friends, the tide has ebbed, the cause is lost.’’

But he said Ma¯ ori may have shot them­selves in the foot by go­ing with Labour.

Na­tional sit on 46 per cent of the vote and 58 seats. If Na­tional can cob­ble to­gether a govern­ment, Labour would re­main in op­po­si­tion and Ma¯ori would have no voice at all in the Bee­hive.

If it does turn bad for Ma¯ ori voters, Flavell said don’t call him for a shoul­der to cry on.

‘‘I hope they don’t wake up to­mor­row and start shak­ing their heads, say­ing, I feel sorry for you, be­cause I don’t want to hear it.

‘‘I don’t want to hear peo­ple talk about tino ran­gati­ratanga, I don’t want to hear peo­ple talk about mana mo­tuhake be­cause we had it in our hands and it’s gone.’’

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