28 Nov 2011

Ousted Te Tai Tonga MP 'shocked' at result

9:53 pm on 28 November 2011

Outgoing Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene says she is shocked at being ousted from the electoral seat.

The Maori Party politician lost her seat to Labour's Rino Tirikatene by 1445 votes in Saturday's election.

Ms Katene told Radio New Zealand's Te Manu Korihi News there is a little spark of hope that once the official count is completed in about two weeks she will keep the seat, but realises she needs to look to the future.

"I was really shocked actually and disappointed, obviously. I thought that the constituents had seen how hard I've been over the last three years."

Ms Katene says she hopes Rino Tirikatene, who praised her for her work in the electorate, will continue to do his best for Te Tai Tonga.