Meka Whaitiri

MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti

Spokesperson for Local Government
Associate Primary Industries Spokesperson
Associate Food Safety Spokesperson

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Meka Whaitiri is the proud mother of two teenage sons. Meka was born in Manutuke, Gisborne and grew up in Whakatu, Hastings. Meka was Head Girl at Karamu High School and played both netball and softball at a national level. She started work at the local freezing works and went on to complete a Masters degree in Education from Victoria University.

Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how Government and Parliament works. She was promoted to senior manager with the Community Employment Group of the Department of Labour, and has also been a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Meka spent four years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. 

Previous roles:

  • Director of Kahungunu Asset Holding Company
  • Deputy Chair of Waka Ama National Board
  • Member of the Hawkes Bay Netball Board
  • Mandated negotiator for Rongowhakaata
  • Chair of Te Kura Māori o Porirua and Horouta Kohanga Reo.

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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 Meka Whaitiri

Māori will miss out on RMA overhaul

February 16, 2017

Māori will miss out if National’s highly unpopular Resource Management Act overhaul is supported by the Māori Party, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

More Maori Land Service wananga meaningless

December 24, 2016

Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell’s announcement just before Christmas of further wānanga on the proposed Maori Land Service (MLS) is premature and meaningless when the MLS still has no confirmed business case, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“This announcement was made at 4pm on a Friday afternoon two days before Christmas and is a classic example of the way this Minister operates.

Numbers of Māori waiting for homes grows

July 28, 2016

With the number of Māori households waiting for homes increasing by more than 20 per cent in the past year, it’s time the Māori Party admits its support of the Government’s state house sell-off has made life worse for whānau, Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti  Meka Whaitiri says.

“At the end of June, there were 1648 Māori or whānau waiting for homes on the Social Housing Register. This is 100 more than the previous quarter and a whopping increase of 21 per cent on the 1355 Māori wanting to be housed last June.

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