Labour’s Māori Caucus are encouraging Maori who are enrolling for the first time to sign...
Monday, 25 February 2013
Teenaa Koutou. I’m Nanaia Mahuta, MP for Hauraki-Waikato. Hauraki-Waikato is a special electorate and is best defined by its unique geographical characteristics. The Waikato river, our sacred ancestral mountain Taupiri, the wild West Coast Harbours, Raglan surf, Lake Karapiro, the first inland pest free island – Maungatautari, Mt Te Aroha, the Hauraki Gulf and the vast expanse of conservation estate in the Coromandel reaching into the water rich ranges of Hunua are some of what we have to boast. Then there are the many coastal towns, Papakura and Hamilton cities, the many gardens in the Franklin district and sleepy villages scattered throughout. We also make a strong economic contribution through the agricultural sector, thermal-power generation in Huntly (the place I call home) as well as a coal-rich resource in the region.
All this and many communities made up of people who want to make a go of it though working together, smarter and for each other. I am proud to once again represent the region where I have spent most of my life growing up. I still can’t profess to know every part of this special place and I remain committed to the people and communities in Hauraki-Waikato.
There are pressing and urgent issues ahead and I want to work alongside the community to put those aspirations at the front of government decision-making. Iwi thoughout the electorate want to get on with settling and implementing their Treaty Claims. Greater co-operation between central and local government will be required to make these steps durable. Local marae and hapu want to continue to protect their natural environment, both coastal and inland resources and food sources that stem from those places. Many families want their children to have the very best opportunities in education, and households would like to see continued investment in public healthcare and warmer more affordable homes. Employment and the protecton of jobs during these uncertain times are even more necessary so no matter whether you live in Tuakau, Te Hoe, Tapu or Te Awamutu, Maaori are continually seeking to improve their quality of life.
I am proud to be a member of the Labour team and I will be working hard on behalf of the Hauraki-Waikato electorate in the next three years to keep this government accountable. Call me.
Phone: 04 817 9233
Hauraki-Waikato Electorate office
Address: 430 Ulster St, PO Box 611, Hamilton
Phone: 07 839 6811
Address: 265 Great South Rd, P O Box 75-104, Manurewa
Phone: 09 267 5131