Ko Te Tairawhiti Ko Ngāti Kahungunu ngā iwi.
Hon Meka Whaitiri was born and raised Manutuke, Gisborne, and educated in Hastings. She was Head Girl at Karamu High School and played both netball and softball at a national level. Meka worked at the freezing works in Whakatu and went on to complete a Masters in Education from Victoria University.
Meka has a strong Māori governance background and sound knowledge of how government and Parliament works. She was Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and was also previously a senior adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs. Meka was a mandated Treaty negotiator for her Rongowhakaata iwi and she spent four years as the Chief Executive of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.
Meka is the proud mother of two sons.