New Zealand Labour Party

Hon Peeni Henare

MP for Tāmaki Makaurau

Minister of Civil Defence, Whānau Ora, and Youth

Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) and Tourism

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Hon Peeni Henare is the Member of Parliament for Tāmaki Makaurau, and is of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi descent. He is the Minister of Civil Defence, Minister for Whānau Ora, Minister for Youth, as well as Associate Minister of Health (Māori Health) and Associate Minister of Tourism. Prior to politics Peeni worked as a businessman, broadcaster and teacher.

Politics and public service is in his blood: his father was Erima Henare, who was head of the Māori Language Commission; his grandfather was Sir James Henare, a lieutenant colonel in the Māori Battalion, member of Te Rūnanga o te Tiriti o Waitangi, and Commander of the British Empire (CBE); and his great-grandfather Taurekareka (Tau) Henare was also a Member of Parliament, for the former electorate Northern Māori from 1914 to 1938.

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Tāmaki Makaurau electorate office

Phone: 09 262 0577

Unit 1G/12 Lambie Drive, Manukau, Auckland

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8721

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Latest from Hon Peeni Henare

Parekura would be proud – MTS gets boost

May 27, 2016

The Labour Party is ecstatic that the Māori Party have shown support for one of Labour’s proudest policies, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting Spokesperson Peeni Henare. 

“The Māori Television Service was launched in 2004 by the late Hon Parekura Horomia.

Māori TV should be celebrating 12th birthday

March 29, 2016

Concerns are mounting over the direction of New Zealand’s indigenous network as Māori Television commemorates 12 years of broadcasting this week.

“All of New Zealand should be celebrating Māori broadcasting but management issues continue to raise concerns, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting spokesperson Peeni Henare.

Programme cut-back latest blow for Māori Television

December 09, 2015

News that beleaguered current affairs programme, Native Affairs, will only get a half hour slot next year is another slap in the face for the staff at Māori Television, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting spokesperson, Peeni Henare.

 “Cutting the format of this award-winning show from an hour to 30 minutes represents a real loss to investigative journalism in New Zealand.

Slave Labour Amendment Bill

December 03, 2015

The drawing of the Customs and Excise (Prohibition of Imports Made by Slave Labour) Amendment Bill from the Members’ bills ballot today represents a genuine opportunity to take a strong stance on human rights, says Labour’s MP for Tamaki Makaurau, Peeni Henare.  


“Slavery or coerced labour still exists in some parts of the world despite the abolition of slavery in the 18th Century.


“The Bill amends the Customs and Excise Act 1996 to include products of slave labour as prohibited goods.

Maori Development in Decline

November 05, 2015

Despite claims, it is obvious the Maori Party is not at the table with the Government when it comes to sticking up for tangata whenua, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare.


“The Māori Party promotes itself as a partner in Government yet funding for priority Māori issues like Māori broadcasting and the Māori language continues to be cut.


“The Minister of Māori Development, Te Ururoa Flavell, continues to oversee funding cuts to the Māori Language Commission and Māori broadcasting, which is diluting the infrastructure designed to sustain, promote and deliver a healthier Māori language.

Minister must explain budget blowout

August 18, 2015

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must explain a budget blow out at Te Puni Kokiri, after the organisation spent more than 2.5 million dollars over their budget for contractors, says Labour’s Associate Māori Development spokesperson Peeni Henare. 

“For the 2014/2015 financial year, TPK estimated a spend of $1.5 million on contractors.  By the end of the financial year however, they had spent $4 million. This includes a mammoth $512,742 spent in just the month of May alone.  

He Aituā! He Aituā!

May 04, 2015

“Papā te whatitiri! Hikohiko te uira! Ka wāwāhia ki runga o Hikurangi maunga, o Waiwhetū kainga.

“Kua katohia e te ringa kaha o Aituā i tetahi pou whakarae o te reo Māori. Nō reira kei hea taku manu tui e tui? Taku kōmako e kō? Haere atu rā koe e te tupuna e Henrietta Maxwell ki ngā mātua tūpuna kua takahia atu rā i te ara whānui ki te pō. Ko ōu tapuwae ki runga tonu i te mata o te whenua. Ko ōu waiata e oro tonu ana ki roto i ngā Kohanga Reo me ngā ngākau o te tini puta noa. 

The Māori Party can’t have it both ways over labour laws

October 29, 2014

The Māori Party has to fess up over its voting record on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill, says Labour’s Māori Caucus. 

“It’s simply not good enough to oppose the bill at the same time  as they helped speed up its progress through Parliament, Māori Caucus chairperson Peeni Henare says.


Rotorua shift for Maori TV a bizarre move

October 28, 2014

The bizarre idea to move Maori TV to Rotorua is either poor planning or possible political interference that adds to the perception of a service in crisis, says Labour MP for Tamaki Makaurau Peeni Henare.

“Moving Maori TV to Rotorua makes little commercial sense. Tamaki Makaurau is the heart of Maori news, represents all iwi and is an important base for journalists who need to travel easily and quickly to other parts of the country.

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