Te Pāti Māori won't stand candidate at Tauranga by-election due to 'safety issue'
Te Pāti Māori won't stand a candidate at the Tauranga by-election "on the basis of a safety issue", claiming the party's co-leaders have received threats and hate speech from residents there.
The by-election, forced by the resignation of National MP Simon Bridges (who is Māori), will take place on June 18, with a number of candidates already confirmed. That includes National's Sam Uffindell, Labour's Jan Tinetti and ACT's Cameron Luxton.
But the Māori Party won't be standing a candidate, its president Che Wilson announced on Friday morning, "on the basis of a safety issue".
Wilson mentioned a Department of Internal Affairs report published in April which showed "hate speech from white supremacists on social media is the largest form of hate speech in this country".