MAORI CANDIDATE WOOS NIUEAN VOTERS

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ALOFI, Niue (Niue News, June 25) - Niuean voters in New Zealand are being wooed by the new Maori Party.

Polynesian leaders in Mangere recently saw Tariana Turia, founder of the party, along with co-founder Dr Peter Sharples, inviting Pacific Islanders to nominate candidates to contest the next general election in constituencies which include Porirua, Mangere and West Auckland.

Cook Island leaders are believed to be backing the Maori Party but Samoan, Tongan and Niuean leaders have yet to publicly offer support for the party.

Niuean voters have been long-time supporters of the Labor Party in New Zealand, with many serving on local party constituency committees.

Ms Turia quit the Labor Party at the height of the seabed and foreshore debate and will face five challengers for her Maori seat in a by election on July 10.

July 1, 2004

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