Hon Meka Whaitiri

MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti

Minister of Customs, Food Safety, and Veterans

Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare), and Statistics

“My goal is to rebuild our regional economies and ensure whānau have the chance to work locally. Together we are doing this: Ko Tātou Ko Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.”

Hon Meka Whaitiri


Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate offices

[email protected]

06 838 5090
68 Queen Street, Wairoa 4109

06 863 2184
4/32 Grey Street, Gisborne 4020

Te Awa Kairangi
04 564 1370
Queens Street Mall Entrance, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt
PO Box 43201, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5048

Parliamentary office

04 817 8734
[email protected]

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Hon Meka Whaitiri

Meet Meka

Tēnā Koutou,
Ko Meka Whaitiri tōku ingoa.
He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu me ngā iwi o Te Tai Rāwhiti.
Ko au te Mema Pāremata mō Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

Born and raised in Manutuke, Gisborne and educated in Hastings, Meka Whaitiri was Head Girl at Karamu High School, representing the voices of her peers. She also played netball and softball at a national level. After working at the freezing works in Whakatu, Meka then completed a Master’s in Education at Victoria University in Wellington.

Her passion for Māori governance grew from her sound knowledge of how government and Parliament work. Meka was the Deputy Secretary in the Department of Labour, and Senior Adviser to the Minister of Māori Affairs, the Hon Parekura Horomia. She has held pivotal roles in both Rongowhakaata and Ngāti Kahungunu iwi.

Meka is currently the Minister of Customs, Minister for Food Safety, Minister for Veterans, as well as Associate Minister of Agriculture (Animal Welfare) and Associate Minister of Statistics.

Meka's two sons are the backbone of the mahi that she does. Her whānau and supporters have supported her through her journey as a politician. Meka's goal is to support and provide for the people of Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.

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