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Coffey questions ministers gains for Waiariki electorate

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Labour's Waiariki candidate is asking what Maori in the electorate have got from having the Minister for Maori Development as their MP.

Tamati Coffey is presenting a real challenge to Te Ururoa Flavell Flavell based on current polling, but he expects a lot of voters will make their choice at the last moment.

The former television weather presenter turned Rotorua bar owner says people are questioning the real effect of high profile initiatives like the Maori Housing Network.

"It was found out that of the $122 million spent on that, only 11 houses have been built. At a time when the country is going through a housing crisis and here in Waiariki where we are starved of houses, we are holding the silver medal for the most homeless in New Zealand, we are looking for a little more action than 11 houses," Mr Coffey says.



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