Third Tongan MP in NZ Parl’t says ‘It was a massive power and love of God’

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'Anahila Suisuiki Kanongata'a (L) with Labour Party leader Jacinda Arden. Photo/Anahila Suisuiki Kanongata'a (Facebook)

New Zealand’s second Tongan speaking Member of Parliament Anahila Suisuiki Kanongataʻa said she made a silent prayer after Labour’s election results last night had allowed her to enter parliament.

Two other Tongan MPs in parliament were Tongan speaking MP Jenny Salesa and MP Carmel Sepuloni who is of Tongan descent through her father.

Kanongata’a said it was a massive power and love of God that had given her the opportunity to join parliament. She said she prayed to the Lord to help her in her political journey.

New Zealand’s voting system known as Mixed Member Proportional or MMP meant a political party’s total number of seats in Parliament is filled with a mix of Electorate MPs and List MPs.

100% of results have now been counted and this is how the next parliament will, probably, look:

National 46.0%, 58 seats

Labour 35.8%, 45 seats

New Zealand First 7.5%, 9 seats

Green party 5.8%, 7 seats

ACT, 0.5%, 1 seat

The Opportunities party (TOP) 2.2%, 0 seats

Māori party 1.1%, 0 seats

The threshold to secure a seat in parliament is 5% of the party vote or an electorate win, which is how ACT finds its way in, with party leader David Seymour winning in Epsom.

The full list of results is available on the Electoral Commission site.

A final tally, including overseas votes, will be released on Oct. 7.

As it stands, the ultimate result meant both National and Labour needed the support of NZ First’s Winston Peters to form a government under New Zealand’s proportional representation system.

Peters had served in previous Labour and National governments.

“He told reporters on Sunday he had not yet received any calls from National or Labour, and had not contacted them.”

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  1. Naʻe pehē ʻe he Mēmipa Fale Alea lea faka-Tonga ʻaki ʻeni hono ua ʻa Tonga ʻi he Fale Alea ʻo Nuʻu Silá naʻá ne fai haʻane lotu lilo fakamālō ki he ʻOtuá hili hanga ʻe he ola ʻo e fili ʻa e Paati Leipá ʻo fakaʻatā ia ke ne hū ki he fale aleá.

    Ko e ongo Mēmipa Fale Alea ʻe ua kehe ko eé ko Jenny Salesa ʻa ia ʻoku lea faka-Tonga mo ia pea mo Carmel Sepuloni ʻa ia ʻoku konga Tonga ʻi heʻene tangataʻeikí.

    Naʻe pehē ʻe Kanongataʻa ko e fuʻu ivi lahi fau ʻeni mo e ʻofa ʻa e ʻOtuá ne ne lave monū ai ke kau atu ki he fale aleá. Naʻá ne pehē naʻá ne lotu ki he ʻEikí ke tokonia ia ʻi heʻene fononga fakapolitikale ʻoku faí.

    Ko e founga fili foki ʻa Nuʻu Silá ʻa ia ʻoku ʻiloa ko e Mixed Member Proportional pe MMP naʻe ʻuhinga ia ko e tokolahi ʻo e sea ki ha faʻahi fakapolitikale ʻi Fale Alea ʻe fakafonu ia ʻe he kau mēmipa naʻe fili atu ʻe he kakaí pe ko e kau mēmipa fili ʻe he pātí pe ʻoku ʻiloa ko e mēmipa lisi.

    Kuo lava eni hano e pēseti ʻe 100 ʻo e olá pea ko e anga ʻeni e tuʻu ʻa e fale aleá mo e lahi ʻo e ngaahi sea ki he paati taki taha.

    National 46.0%, 58 seats
    Labour 35.8%, 45 seats
    New Zealand First 7.5%, 9 seats
    Green party 5.8%, 7 seats
    ACT, 0.5%, 1 seat
    The Opportunities party (TOP) 2.2%, 0 seats
    Māori party 1.1%, 0 seats

    Ko e fika kamataʻanga ki hano maʻu ʻo ha sea ʻi Fale Alea ʻe pau ke aʻu e kau fili ki ha paati ki he pēseti ʻe 5 pea ko e founga ia ne hu ai e taki ʻo e paati ACT i he falé koeʻuhi ne maʻu ʻe he paati ko ʻeni e fili ʻa Epsom. Pea tuku kehe pe foki hano fili ʻo e kaniteiti ʻo ne ikuna ha vāhenga ʻe pau ke hū mo ia.

    Ko e ola kakato ʻo e filí ʻe maʻu heni: on the Electoral Commission site.

    ʻE tuku mai e ola fakamuimui taha ʻo e ngaahi fika ki he ola ʻo e filí ʻi he ʻaho 7 ʻo ʻOkatopá.

    Ko ʻene tuʻu leva ki he taimi ní fakatatau ki he olá ʻe pau ke lova e ongo paati lalahí ʻa ia ko e Nesinoló mo e Leipá pe ko hai ʻia kinaua te ne maʻu e loto mo e poupou ʻa e NZ First kae lava ke nau faʻu ha puleʻanga.

    Naʻe ʻosi ʻi he puleʻanga Leipá pea toe ʻi he puleʻanga Nesinoló pe ki muʻa foki ʻa Peters.

    Naʻá ne fakahā ki he kau faiongoongó he Sāpaté kuo teʻeki ke ne maʻu ha fetuʻutaki mei he Leipá pe ko e Nesinoló pea ʻoku teʻeki foki ke fetuʻutaki ia kia kinaua.