Last Saturday night the Ikaroa Rawhiti By Election was won by Meka Whaitiri (Labour Party).
Ikaroa Rawhiti is a big rohe. It starts at at Hicks Bay and goes all the way down the East Coast to Wainuiomata in Wellington. It contains a number of different iwi.
This infographic focuses on the battle for Te Tai Rawhiti – or as the Cowboys might say…..the Showdown at the ‘Ka mau te wehi’ Corral! (Not the OK Corral! But the Ka mau ke te wehi Corral! Ye hah!)
So the region that Apirana (his birthday is today) and now Te Runanga o Ngati Porou calls te hau kaenga o Ngati Porou is from Potaka or Potikirua in the North, to Te Toka a Taiau or the Gisborne River Bridge.
There are 11 booths in this rohe. These are: Hicks Bay, Te Araroa, Tikitiki, Ruatoria, Te Puia, Tokomaru Bay, Tolaga Bay, Whangara, Kaiti, Ilminster, Rutene rd.
What the data shows is that ‘Meke’ Meka (Labour) and ‘Tino Tere’ Te Hamua (Mana) took 4 booths each. Na Raihania (Maori) won 2 booths. Moreover, Marama (Greens) took Tikitiki and came within a two vote difference in Ruatoria to Na.
So who won? E ta….it was a draw!
Kia Ora Tatau!
Data Analysis – FYI (NB. for simplicity sakes, I have not included the independent candidates)
|11 Booths: From Hicks Bay to Kaiti Bridge|
|Te Hamua||4 out of 11||Hicks Bay, Te Araroa, Whangara and Kaiti|
|Meka||4 out of 11||Te Puia, Tolaga, Rutene and Ilminster|
|Na||2 out of 11||Ruatoria and Tokomaru Bay|
|Ma||1 out of 11||Tikitiki|