Parties stand candidates in electorates they have no hope of winning so they can solicit party votes.
Does it help?
I don’t know the answer to that but National doesn’t stand candidates in the Maori electorates and the latest Marae Digipoll shows the party has 22.4% of support from Maori on the general roll compared with only 13.2% support from Maori on the Maori roll.
That could mean having candidates helps, but it could also mean Maori who opt for the general roll are more likely to support National than those who don’t.
National support from Maori isn’t high on either roll, but the party gained only 7.4% from Maori roll voters in 2008 and is now getting almost twice that support.
Its coalition partner the Maori Party has 11% support from Maori on the general roll and 27.7% support from people on the Maori roll, compared with 28.9% at the last election.
The Mana Party had 12% support from Maori roll voters but only 1.6% support from those on the general roll.
Support for other parties: Green Party 5.6% on the Maori roll and 8.1% on the general one; New Zealand First 4.1% and 7.1%; Act 0 and 2.1%; Progressive 0 and .6% and other 1.7% and 1.9%.
Act, NZ First and Progressive don’t usually have candidates in Maori electorates either.