Te Tai Tonga electorate

Te Tai Tonga is currently represented by Labour's Rino Tirikatene, who won comfortably with a margin of 4,676. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Te Tai Tonga's votes – 56% to National's 13%. Boundary changes this year stripped it of an area around Naenae. Te Tai Tonga is the biggest electorate in the country, and includes all of Te Waipounamu, Rakiura, Rēkohu/Wharekauri, and most of Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

Anituhia McDonald
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for positive poverty solutions. Advocate for a legalisation of cannabis and fair laws. Get whānau connected to their whakapapa and culture.
Why I’m running
I hope to inspire more positive solutions towards poverty. I will advocate for more personal development for the parents and caregivers in the home. I am optimistic about the outcomes we could see in our communities. With more re-training, education, financial and cultural awareness taught and supported by government and local iwi. I believe the legalization of cannabis will also be a positive impact on our economy and society. It will improve the livelihoods of whānau effected by prohibition.
About me
Kia ora I was born and raised in Kawatiri Westport however, I now reside in Otautahi Christchurch. My whakapapa is Rangitane o Wairau, Ngati Kuia, Ngati Apa and Muaupoko I stand with the passion to see our people thrive. I come from a childhood of poverty, no identity, culture or education. I have a wealth of life experience and passion. I bring vision hope and a voice to our people and the whānau disconnected from their culture and identity.
Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Branch manager
Place of residence
St Albans
Age
28

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Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for the government to build many more state houses and generate options for iwi and community to build homes. Advocate for the government to raise benefits and the minimum wage to liveable levels. Extend the funding to community, business and iwi to generate sustainable jobs.
Why I’m running
I want to help the Green party of Aotearoa gain party votes and return to parliament as I believe the Green party of Aotearoa offers sound solutions to tackle poverty, homelessness, inequality and climate change.
About me
I have a Bachelors of social work and a diploma in business – Māori development. I have a background in community and service development and have worked in government, in not-for-profit organisations and for iwi/haapu. I have been involved in campaigns such as urging the government to build more state houses, end child poverty, stop the sale of state assets, indigenous rights and ending oil and gas exploration. I am committed to helping bring about social and environmental justice.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Director of a small business
Place of residence
Wellington
Age
54
Rino Tirikatene
MP for Te Tai Tonga
My local priorities
Ensure the Government's Covid-19 economic recovery plan is implemented across Te Tai Tonga. Promote Māori partnership and delivery of government outcomes across Te Tai Tonga. Advocate protection and recognition of Treaty rights across all spheres.
Why I’m running
I want to continue my mahi to advocate for Māori rights and wellbeing through laws and policies as a Labour MP. This needs to be based on a Treaty partnership. The Labour Party core values and Kaupapa Māori are aligned. These values have been an important part in my whānau and to Māori. I believe in Māori development; for me, that has always been about enabling Māori to live the life they want to live by extending the range of opportunities and choices open to them to do so.
About me
I'm a son of the South. Te Tai Tonga is part of my whakapapa and is where I choose to serve. I have deep connections across Ngāi Tahu on my paternal side, and to Ngāti Hine in the far North on my maternal side. I am a passionate believer in Māori development and social justice. Prior to entering parliament I have over fourteen years' experience working in Māori business development roles including engagements as a consultant and commercial lawyer. I am a proud father of three children.
Party list rank
29
First entered parliament
2011
2017 electorate result
Won Te Tai Tonga
Before politics
Consultant
Place of residence
Johnsonville, Wellington
Age
47
Tākuta Ferris
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensure there is an independent unassimilated Māori viewpoint and voice in parliament. Ensure Māori interests are acknowledged from within the framework of the Treaty of Waitangi. Ensure Māori are resourced to lead our own post-Covid recovery plan using solutions built by Māori for Māori.
Why I’m running
I am standing to ensure there is a strong and unrestrained Maori voice advocating for our people and our rights as the tangata whenua of this land. I'm standing for my children's futures.
About me
I've championed Māori education and development my whole life, my own family lead lives based on kaupapa Māori and the belief that we have capacity and capability to create our own future and beyond that we have the right to it also! I am unapologetically Māori and committed to challenging the status quo!
Party list rank
4
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Principal Māori advisor
Place of residence
Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast
Age
42
Raymond Tuhaka
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
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Matiu Thoms
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
31
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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