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Union man for Maori Party in Ikaroa-Rawhiti

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Latest Political News | Sunday May 19 2013 7:35

Union man for Maori Party in Ikaroa-Rawhiti

The Maori Party's candidate for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti byelection is a family man who says he is passionate about the big issues facing the electorate, as well as the small ones.

The party is backing union man Na Raihania's experience in tribal leadership, his work advocating for workers' rights, and in Maori health, corrections, education and Treaty negotiations.

He ran against the late Parekura Horomia in 2011, and took 23 per cent of the vote.

Mr Raihania says big issues such as jobs, education and health with be important in his campaign, as well as some smaller local problems.

"The trains that have been stopped for a piddly $4 million - a sawmill has closed in Wairoa because their main business was transporting logs by train.

"State Highway 35 is just one great judder bar - that's the one that runs from Gisborne right up to East Cape."

Mr Raihania celebrated his nomination last night by spending time with his grandchildren.

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