Mana leader Hone Harawira is under pressure to hold his Tai Tai Tokerau seat with a new poll showing him running a close second to a yet-to-be-selected Labour candidate.
The Te Karere-Digipoll asked voters when they choose their local MP which party would the candidate likely come from.
Labour had the edge with 32 per cent over Mana with 28 per cent.
A Maori party candidate would get 14 per cent, the survey found.
Harawira held the seat in 2011 with a 1165 majority over Labour’s Kelvin Davis.
Labour have said they want to win all seven Maori seats. Flavell looks very safe in Waiariki. I thought Harawira would be streaks ahead in Te Tai Tokerau, but it seems not.
There was strong backing for Harawira’s performance as the local MP with 14 per cent rating it “fantastic”, 39 per cent above average and 31 per cent average.
Only 12 per cent rated it either below average or poor.
That suggests the locals like him as their local MP. The question is will they vote to keep him.