Hon Meka Whaitiri

MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti

Minister of Customs

Associate Minister of Agriculture, Local Government and Crown/Māori Relations

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Ko Te Tairawhiti Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.

Hon Meka Whaitiri was born and raised Manutuke, Gisborne, and educated in Hastings. She was Head Girl at Karamu High School and played both netball and softball at a national level. Meka worked at the freezing works in Whakatu and went on to complete a Masters in Education from Victoria University.

Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and was also previously a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Meka was a mandated Treaty negotiator for her Rongowhakaata iwi and she spent four years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

Meka is the proud mother of two sons.

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Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate offices

226 Lytton Road, Elgin Shopping Centre, Elgin, Gisborne
Phone: 06 863 2184

Te Matau-a-Maui

Address: 944 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings 4120
Phone: 06 873 3457

Te Awakairangi

Queens Street Mall Entrance, P.O Box 43201, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014
Phone: 04 564 1370

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9014


Latest from Hon Meka Whaitiri

Flavell’s failure a win for Māori landowners

July 07, 2017

The Māori Development Minister’s admission that his unpopular Ture Whenua Māori Bill won’t pass into law prior to the election is a victory for Māori landowners, but only a change of government will keep the Bill gone for good, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Te Ururoa Flavell has finally realised that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Minister, show some backbone and front up and debate

June 20, 2017

Rather than accusing critics of his Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill of telling ‘lies’, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell should show some backbone and front up to a debate on the issue, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Te Ururoa Flavell attempts to shut down debate on his unpopular Māori land reforms by calling opponents to the reforms ‘liars’.

Minister mangles Māori land reforms

March 28, 2017

The Minister of Māori Development must make amends for botching what was supposed to be his stellar policy move with Māori land reform, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

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