Meka Whaitiri

MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti

Spokesperson for Local Government
Associate Primary Industries Spokesperson. Associate Food Safety Spokesperson, Economic Development (incl Regional Development), Trade and Export Growth.

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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

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.

MANA-Māori deal falling to pieces

March 23, 2017

Splits and divisions over crucial policy matters like RMA reform and Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill reveal an already unstable MANA-Māori alliance which is obviously falling to pieces, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

Māori Party support RLA bill & lose credibility

March 15, 2017

The Māori Party have lost all credibility with their support for National’s unpopular Resource Legislation Amendment Bill (RLA) which will undermine local democracy, damage regional economies and do nothing to help Māori in to desperately needed housing, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

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