New Zealand Labour Party

Hon Meka Whaitiri

MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

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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.

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Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate offices


Phone: 06 838 5090
68 Queen Street, Wairoa 4109

Phone: 06 863 2184
Elgin Shopping Centre, 226 Lytton Road, Gisborne

Te Matau-a-Maui
Phone: 06 873 3457
944 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings 4120

Te Awakairangi
Phone: 04 564 1370
Queens Street Mall Entrance, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
PO Box 43201, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5048

Parliamentary office

Phone:04 817 8724

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Latest from Hon Meka Whaitiri

Red letter day for the East Coast

February 23, 2018

It’s a red letter day for the people of Tairāwhiti and Hawkes Bay who will be delighted with the $9.2 million dollars that the Government will spend immediately in the region, says Ikaroa Rāwhiti MP the Hon Meka Whaitiri.

“I am excited that the money from the Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund has been earmarked for projects that range from improvements to Gisborne’s inner harbour to kick-starting a $20 million Wood Processing Centre of excellence in the city.

Flavell’s failure a win for Māori landowners

July 07, 2017

The Māori Development Minister’s admission that his unpopular Ture Whenua Māori Bill won’t pass into law prior to the election is a victory for Māori landowners, but only a change of government will keep the Bill gone for good, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Te Ururoa Flavell has finally realised that when you’re in a hole, stop digging.

Minister, show some backbone and front up and debate

June 20, 2017

Rather than accusing critics of his Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill of telling ‘lies’, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell should show some backbone and front up to a debate on the issue, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“Te Ururoa Flavell attempts to shut down debate on his unpopular Māori land reforms by calling opponents to the reforms ‘liars’.

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