Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate

Ikaroa-Rāwhiti is currently represented by Labour's Meka Whaitiri, who won comfortably with a margin of 4,210. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti's votes – 66% to the Māori Party's 13%. The electorate was held by Parekura Horomia from 1999 until his death in 2013, which triggered a by-election won by Whaitiri. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate gained an area around Naenae.

Elizabeth Kerekere
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi and ensure that wh?nau, hap? and iwi lead in every decision that affects them. Respect Papatūānuku so that our ways of life protect our whenua, awa and moana rather than harm and destroy them. Implement our poverty action plan to ensure everyone has a liveable income inside or outside of a safe, warm, dry home.
Why I’m running
The Greens have put me at #9 on the list so a strong party vote Green will get me into parliament, where I hope to represent my iwi of Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga ā Mahaki, Rongowhakaata and Ngāi Tāmanuhiri. I will be a voice for the most marginalised people in our communities; Māori, Pasifika, and people of colour, Rainbow people, and people with disabilities. Based not on what I say I will do, but what I have done for decades. For equality, healthy nature and climate action #ThinkAhead
About me
As an activist for almost 40 years, I have focused on kaupapa Māori and Te Tīriti issues. That includes 30 years on Rainbow issues, focusing on takat?pui and young people. As a leader within Rainbow, suicide prevention and youth development sectors, I have represented human and indigenous rights issues overseas, including at the UN. I also work nationally in health, mental health, violence prevention, youth leadership and research. Being a visual artist keeps me grounded. Google me for more info.
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
Before politics
Kaimahi, Whāngaia Ngā Pā Harakeke
Place of residence
Kaiti, Gisborne
Age
54

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Meka Whaitiri
MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
My local priorities
Housing for our whānau who need them. Ensure our whānau have jobs. Deal with our meth problem.
Why I’m running
My goal is to ensure Māori have a chance to own their own businesses, be their own bosses, employ whānau and receive a sustainable income. Together we can do this: Ko Tātou Ko Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.
About me
Tēnā Koutou, Ko Meka Whaitiri tōku ingoa. He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu me ngā iwi o Te Tairāwhiti. Ko au the Mema Pāremata mō Ikaroa-Rāwhiti. I have a passion for Māori governance and sound knowledge of how government and parliament work.
Party list rank
28
First entered parliament
2013
2017 electorate result
Won Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
Before politics
Senior adviser for Māori affairs
Place of residence
Hawke's Bay
Age
No response given
Heather Te Au-Skipworth
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensure the rights and interests for Māori are delivered as written in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Honour the treaty. Work with the government to devolve all government services for Māori to Iwi, hapu and hapori Māori. To not accept any less than the first two priorities, our people deserve it, and our country as a whole will benefit.
Why I’m running
I stand for the right of every person of Māori whakapapa to live a life free from injustice, racism and abuse. We can no longer endure the injustice we face daily as a people. I want true equity and equality for Māori, based on our interests and rights under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. No successive government have enacted their obligations under Te Tiriti. Te Tiriti was supposed to bring us together, however until its enacted, we will continue to be divided. Me whakapono tatau.
About me
I married the man of my dreams Wayne Skipworth. We have three children and one mokopuna. I am a lover of people, my purpose is to help our whānau achieve their potential by removing any barriers put in their path. Sports have been a big part of my entire life. I am the founder and visionary for the IronMāori Kaupapa. HBDHB board member and Māori relationship board. Deputy chair of Kahungunu Asset Holding company. My biggest success today through my many learnings, is that I know the value of empathy.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
CEO IronMāori, HBDHB Board member
Place of residence
Hastings
Age
47
Waitangi Kupenga
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
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Party list rank
34
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given
Melissa Hill
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given
Kelly Thurston
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
20
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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