28 Nov 2011

Maori Party vows to fight on despite losing Te Tai Tonga

6:34 am on 28 November 2011

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia is disappointed that her party lost the Tai Tonga seat to the Labour Party.

She says there is still lots of work to be done over the next three years.

Mrs Turia delivered an uplifting speech to her supporters at Whangaehu marae near Whanganui on Saturday night, after retaining her Te Tai Hauauru electorate with a majority of votes 2760 (preliminary results) over Labour candidate, Soraya Peke-Mason.

Mrs Turia said she is proud of Rahui Katene's diligent work as the MP for Te Tai Tonga and said the Maori Party will continue to advance Maori causes in Parliament.

She thanked the 200+ people at the marae for their loyalty and said even though it was a sad moment to lose one seat, the Maori Party still has three.

Mrs Turia said her party will continue its fight to make sure Maori have a voice in Parliament.

She is not planning to stand at the next general election in three years.