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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
Tairāwhiti

226 Lytton Road, Elgin Shopping Centre, Elgin, Gisborne
Phone: 06 863 2184
Email: tairawhiti@parliament.govt.nz

Te Matau-a-Maui

Address: 944 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings 4120
Phone: 06 873 3457
Email: tairawhiti@parliament.govt.nz

Te Awakairangi

Queens Street Mall Entrance, P.O Box 43201, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014
Phone: 04 564 1370
Email: tematauamaui@parliament.govt.nz

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9014
Email: meka.whaitiri@parliament.govt.nz

Website

mekawhaitiri.org.nz


Latest from Meka Whaitiri

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.


Dam not out of doldrums yet

April 28, 2016

Ruataniwha Dam promoters Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) still has hurdles to clear and a lot of work to do before ratepayers and taxpayers will have confidence in the scheme, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.

“We need sustainable water management for all users in the region but so far, many more things have gone wrong rather than right for Ruataniwha.


New claims lodged opposing Māori land reforms

April 11, 2016

New Waitangi Tribunal claims objecting to the Crown’s proposed Maori land reforms are further evidence of the lack of support for the changes, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Further claims were lodged with the Tribunal last week. In the last month alone there has been a scathing Waitangi Tribunal report, top-brass Māori claimants appealing to the United Nation’s indigenous rights group and now more claimants seeking an urgent hearing.


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