Nanaia Mahuta

MP for Hauraki-Waikato

Spokesperson for Conservation
Spokesperson for Treaty of Waitangi Neogitations
Spokesperson for Whānau Ora

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Since becoming an MP, Nanaia has been committed to youth development, advancing Māori success through education and training opportunities, Iwi development, care for kaumatua, support for Māori women and sustainable ways to care for the environment and create jobs. 

As a serving Member of Parliament Nanaia held a range of spokesperson roles, served on a number of Select Committees and in the last term of the Fifth Labour Government had the privilege of being a Minister.

She is currently the spokesperson for Māori Affairs and Treaty Settlements, and is the Senior Māori Vice-President of the Labour Party.

Nanaia’s other roles include:

  • Trustee of Te Whakaruruhau Māori Women's Refuge
  • Trustee of the Waikato College for Research and Development
  • Co-Chair of the Waikato-Tainui Governance and Representation Review
  • Parent on the Te Kaahu Kohanga Reo Committee
  • Patron of the Rahui Pokeka Waka Ama club.

Nanaia continues to be an active member of her community, her Iwi and her whānau.

Contact Nanaia Mahuta

Hauraki-Waikato electorate office

Address: 430 Ulster St, PO Box 611, Hamilton
Phone: 07 839 6811

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9233

Latest from Nanaia Mahuta

Land wars a vital part of who we are

December 08, 2015

Labour will be pushing hard to have a day set down for the remembrance of New Zealand’s land wars, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says.

“Today I am proud and honoured to have accepted Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson’s petition calling for a day commemorating the lands wars and their significance in shaping New Zealand’s history.

Chris Brown cancels NZ

December 02, 2015

Labour welcomes the news that Chris Brown has cancelled his New Zealand tour, says Labour’s Hauraki –Waikato member Nanaia Mahuta. 

“Commonsense has prevailed. His domestic violence history is not something we celebrate in New Zealand especially when there are so many more young relevant international musicians to enjoy.

Government needs to act on Japanese whaling

December 02, 2015

The Government needs to object to Japan's latest expedition to slaughter minke whales in the Antarctic, says Labour’s Conservation Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta

“Despite the International Court of Justice ruling that this cruel practice should cease, a hunt of approximately 300 whales has begun with a ‘scientific expedition’ leaving port today.

RMA changes skim surface for Maori participation

November 26, 2015

Protecting the environment and getting the right balance for sustainable development will be a core test of the proposed RMA changes, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.


“Several Treaty settlements have interlocking provisions connecting to the RMA, Local Government Act and a range of other laws that help to enable post-settlement opportunities.


“While iwi leaders have been working alongside Government and the Maori Party to progress freshwater issues, it is evident that such matters have not been factored into the proposed amendments.

NZ’s sovereignty at risk under TPPA

November 06, 2015

Labour Maori are committed to protecting New Zealand’s sovereignty which is at risk under TPPA, says Labour’s Maori development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.


“The newly released document represents an attack on our ability to legislate in the best interest of New Zealanders.”


“The TPPA Document is in excess of 6,000 pages and needs more time for public scrutiny.


“The Government should assist the public with a transparent explanation of the benefits of the agreement as well as a detailed analysis of the National Interest Test.

Pacific and Maori kids left out of equation

October 20, 2015

The Government’s target to have 95 per cent of pre-school children identified as obese referred to an appropriate health professional by 2017 will make little difference to obesity rates in some of our most disadvantaged communities, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. 

A report commissioned by the Health Promotion Agency shows 39 per cent of Maori and 50 per cent of Pasifika children are not receiving full B4School checks.

Healthy school tuck shops needed

October 17, 2015

The Government’s five-year plan Living Well With Diabetes puts a much needed focus on community strategies but fails to regulate school tuck shops, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

"If we really want to educate our whanau, then children and schools are an important part of the effort. Restoring healthy food nutrition guidelines would be a vital addition to this plan.

Whanau Ora fails Maori

October 09, 2015

Whanau Ora isn’t working and nor is it saving lives judging by tragic statistics released today by the Ministry of Health, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.


“Whanau Ora is the Maori Party’s flagship health programme, yet these newly released statics show Maori are still suffering the most in almost every health category.

Step up or stay away

October 01, 2015

The Chris Brown story is nothing more than the tour promoters trying to influence the outcome of a visa application, promote the tour and sell tickets, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. 


“Unfortunately, those that have talked out on the issue to support Chris Brown have failed to see it for what it is. 

Ngapuhi mandate needs refresh

September 11, 2015

The finding of the Waitangi Tribunal recommending a new mandate for Ngapuhi is a blow to Treaty Minister Chris Finlayson who wants to accelerate the settlement process, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“An urgent application to the Waitangi Tribunal challenged the Minister’s approach to confirm the Tuhoronuku mandate on the basis that some hapu felt they were pre-judiciously affected from pursuing their own claims.

Whanau Ora evaluation too late

September 07, 2015

Today’s Whanau Ora report will not drive real change for families because budget decisions have already been made, says Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. 

“What is needed will require real change in other Government agencies like Social Development, Health and Education. Whanau Ora can’t do it alone and these decisions should have been made before Budget 2015.

Rough-Shod Approach to Iwi Housing

September 03, 2015


"The Governments rough-shod approach to social housing in Auckland has forced the Minister to clarify and uphold his Treaty Settlement obligations to Ngati Whatua and Waikato-Tainui," says Labours Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.


“While it's a positive undertaking for Ngati Whatua and the Tamaki Collective, Nick Smith cannot simply pass the buck to iwi to pick up a core obligation for providing affordable, healthy state homes.


Maori Party should stand up for workers

August 19, 2015

The Government’s proposed Health and Safety Reform Bill does not go far enough to protect those in specific industries with the highest rates of workplace deaths, says Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“We are told that Maori workers are more likely to be seriously injured at a rate of 18 per 1,000 in the workforce compared to Pacific (15 per 1,000), Pākehā (14 per 1,000) or Asian (6 per 1,000) workers.

Māori Television exodus cause for concern

June 25, 2015

The shock departure of yet another leading journalist from the Native Affairs team raises further concern the Board and Chief Executive are dissatisfied with the team’s editorial content, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Annabelle Lee is an experienced and respected journalist and is the latest in a line of high-profile exits from Māori Television.

Minister must demand resignations of Kōhanga Reo trust board

June 16, 2015

Education Minister Hekia Parata must demand the resignations of the members of the board of the Kohanga Reo trust after refusing to express confidence in them in Parliament today, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Hekia Parata has a responsibility to the Kōhanga whānau to ensure improved, accountable and modernised governance. If she does not have confidence the board can deliver that, then they need to go. She should stop stalling and demand their resignations.

Government slippery on Treaty clause

June 04, 2015

Using surplus Crown lands for social housing purposes could see iwi locked out of being a provider of affordable housing while overseas property developers get a head start, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. 

“In response to questions in Parliament today Nick Smith tried to point to the re-designation of Papakura and Hobsonville – he forgot to say that this was done before the Tamaki Collective Settlement where rights of first refusal obligations to iwi like Ngati Whatua are critical. 

Investigation halts Māori provider service

June 04, 2015

 A Maōri provider, Ruakura  Waikato Social Services has made a decision to cease its operations while a serious investigation is being undertaken” says Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta. 

“Trustees met yesterday to discuss the severity of management and service provision issues and a decision was made to provide for continuity of care for whanau and transition workers during this difficult phase.

Tolley must assure safety of vulnerable clients

May 29, 2015

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley must guarantee the safety of Relationships Aotearoa’s thousands of Māori clients – some of whom are very vulnerable – following the closure of the nationwide counselling service, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

Relationships Aotearoa have 12 qualified Māori counsellors who work with clients including those dealing with abuse and family violence issues.

Te Arawa partnership model a step closer

May 26, 2015

Councils around New Zealand have an opportunity to improve their consultation with Iwi Māori by following Rotorua District Council’s Te Arawa Partnership Model, Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

“The Rotorua District Council will today decide whether to adopt the new model which aims to develop a more effective partnership with Te Arawa.

Government kicks hardworking whanau

May 23, 2015

A major incentive to help young Kiwis and people on low incomes to start saving has been kicked out from under them with the National-led Government ramming through short-sighted legislation under Urgency today, Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

The KiwiSaver Budget Measures Bill removes the $1000 “kickstart” payment for new KiwiSaver members.

Government stifles voices in CYFs review

May 15, 2015

The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future framework for caring for children and young people denies the participation of a key Maori organisation.

Labour Pays Tribute to Erima Henare

May 11, 2015

“E ua e te ua tata rahi ana, Ko te hua i te kamo taheke i runga raa. No reira e te rangatira Erima takoto mai I roto I te ringa o Ihowa o nga Mano e moe e.”

TPK unable to deliver on Whanau Ora

May 05, 2015

The Auditor General’s report on Whanau Ora highlights what many people knew – Te Puni Kokiri was never designed to be a service delivery agency, said Labour’s Maori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta and Whānau Ora spokesperson Adrian Rurawhe.

“In the first four years $137.6m was spent on Whanau Ora, yet one third of that funding was spent on administration costs in Te Puni Kokiri,” said Nanaia Mahuta.

Delays in spending damage Whanau Ora

May 05, 2015

Criticism from the Auditor General that a greater proportion of Whanau Ora funds could have been directed to families rather than administration is something that needs to be investigated thoroughly, says Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. 

“To quote the report ‘Te  Puni Kokiri could have spent a greater proportion of funds on those whanau who Whanau Ora was meant to help.’

Māori Caucus call on iwi leaders support

May 04, 2015

Labour’s Māori caucus has sent an open letter to iwi leaders around the country seeking their support for meat workers currently in employment negotiations with Talleys. 

“We are aware that when Talleys locked out workers for a period of 89 days in the previous round of industrial disputes, it was the pressure and influence of iwi leaders who were able to convince them that a better solution could be found, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

Māori language bill needs work

February 25, 2015

 It is clear that the first draft of the Māori Language Bill was about structures and funding rather than the survival of te reo Māori, Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. 

“Labour is pleased that the Minister of Māori Affairs has agreed that the Bill needs more work and we have decided to delay the select committee process in order for this to happen.

Minister Should Be Clear About Māori Language

December 04, 2014

The Māori Language Bill looks set to flounder in Parliament as the Māori Party loses its way, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. 

“From the beginning Labour has highlighted that there are several gaps in the Bill. With an issue as significant as the growth and protection of Māori language, we need to be absolutely clear about the responsibility of the Crown and Iwi.

Regional economies must have tailored plans

July 23, 2014

News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says.

“The Canpac site has effectively responded to the demand for value-added milk products. This is a role we hope the Hamilton site can retain through proposals to develop paediatrician milk powder.

Regional economies need tailored plans

July 25, 2014

News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says.

“The Canpac site has effectively responded to the demand for value-added milk products. This is a role we hope the Hamilton site can retain through proposals to develop paediatrician milk powder.

Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity

July 20, 2014

A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

Review of Whanau Ora will highlight what works well

July 10, 2014

Labour's review of Whanau Ora will identify models that work well throughout the country, what best practice looks like and how this will be used to frame new policy, says Māori Affairs Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

“Māori Service providers and organisations have already started these collaborations that improve outcomes for whanau and Labour recognises that positive gains that have been made. However not all Government agencies are committed to this approach.

Whanau Ora to be reviewed under Labour

July 08, 2014

Labour has been very clear that it is necessary to review and evaluate the effectiveness of Whanau Ora for Māori, says Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta

"I was pleased to meet with social service, youth, justice and health providers who are looking at the way in which services are provided to improve outcomes for whanau.

Government backs out of social housing

July 01, 2014

The Government continues to move away from the state’s obligation to provide social housing for those most in need, says Labour’s Maori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.

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