At 21 years old, Liam Wairepo already has a track record of political and union activism. He brings a new, enthusiastic and fresh approach to the role of being Waitaki’s representative in Parliament.
Liam grew up in Tauranga, and has lived in Otago for the past five years. He is connected to Waitaki through his iwi affiliations and family across the South Island.
Liam is studying politics and neuroscience at the University of Otago. He’s been active on campus, in social issues and as a residential assistant. He founded the Residential College Staffers’ Union to ensure that RAs get pay and support that reflects the challenging nature of their work.
He is currently Chairperson of Southern Young Labour and also works as a communication, research and policy assistant for MP for Dunedin North, Dr David Clark.
Liam is passionate about the Waitaki and its communities. His vision of success begins with looking after our environment and ensuring access to education, healthcare and employment. He sees this as the path to a strong economy and even stronger communities.
Waitaki needs a strong voice and advocate inside Government to ensure this region's needs for jobs, health care, housing, and climate resilience are high on the Government’s agenda. Liam will work to achieve this as your local MP in a Labour-led Government.