It shows Labour candidate Tamati Coffey is trailing Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell by just 1.5 percent.
That is not the interesting part. Personally I strongly doubt that Coffey is near Flavell when you consider his majority last time and the fact Mana has now endorsed him.
Here is the interesting part:
Which of the following would you cast your party vote for?
If you take away the undecideds, Labour is saying their poll has the party vote in Waiariki as:
- National 14.3% (+9.2% from election)
- Labour 20.7% (-18.1%)
- Greens 12.9% (+4.8%)
- NZ First 27.4% (+14.7%)
- Maori Party 20.1% (-1.9%)
So Labour have released an internal poll showing their party vote has halved in Waiariki. I’m not sure the poll is that credible, but regardless why would you release a poll showing your party vote has plummeted?