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Following in illustrious footsteps

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Gaylene Nepia is campaign manager for both the national Māori campaign and for her brother Adrian Rurawhe - Labour’s candidate for the Te Tai Hauāuru electorate. Mr Rurawhe and Mrs Nepia are great grandchildren of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, founder of the Ratana movement, and grandchildren of the Labour Party’s Western Māori MPs Matiu and Iriaka Ratana. 

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Seeing life through a Maori lens

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Meka Whaitiri, MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti, is contesting the seat for the first time at a general election. She entered Parliament through a by-election in June last year, following the death of her predecessor Parekura Horomia.

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Celebrating a great talent pool

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I've been an MP since the 1996 election, first for Te Tai Hauauru and then for Tainui, which became Hauraki-Waikato after boundary changes. I'm seeing a real energy around Labour among Māori. The talent pool that Labour is fielding in both in the Māori and general electorates is having an effect.

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Labour's TV ad - Behind the Scenes!

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We finished Maori Language Week with a bang. On Saturday, Labour’s Maori candidates spent a stunning day with friends and whanau at Te Manukanuka o Hoturoa Marae filming the first of our TV campaign ads.

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