23 Sep 2014

Doubts MP will bring about change

6:32 am on 23 September 2014

A campaigner for the winner of the Western Maori seat doubts that he will be able to bring about any changes for tangata whenua in the next few years.

Adrian Rurawhe, new MP for Te Tai Hauauru.

Adrian Rurawhe, new MP for Te Tai Hauauru. Photo: RNZ / Laura Bootham

The Tai Hauauru electorate had previously been held by outgoing Maori Party MP Tariana Turia, who worked in partnership with the previous National Government.

Labour's Adrian Rurawhe beat Maori Party contender Chris McKenzie to win Te Tai Hauauru on Saturday night.

Grace Taiaroa said the way politics and the Government is operating at the moment, she does not think he will be able to change anything any time soon.

Ms Taiaroa said people who have brought about significant change are those who have been in Parliament for a long time.

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