Tangi UtikereMP for Palmerston North

Tangi Utikere

MP for Palmerston North

Chief Whip

Spokesperson for Transport, Oceans and Fisheries, Racing, Associate Education (Pacific)

Contact Tangi Utikere

Palmerston North office

06 356 5958
[email protected]

53 Queen Street, Palmerston North
9:30am–4pm, Monday – Friday
PO Box 1430, Palmerston North 4440

Parliamentary office

04 817 8835
[email protected]

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

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Meet Tangi Utikere

Driven by my values of social justice, inclusiveness and fairness, it’s a privilege to serve the Palmerston North community in Parliament.

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Tangi’s professional background combines Local Government and Education. Tangi’s connection to the community is wide and his understanding of the issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of New Zealanders is vast.

Prior to his election as the Member of Parliament for the Palmerston North Electorate in 2020, Tangi served 10 years on the City Council, and was the city’s first elected member of Pasifika heritage. Tangi was appointed Deputy Mayor in 2016, a position he held until his election to Parliament.

Whilst a member of the City Council, Tangi made it his priority to work with people from right across the political spectrum. Combined with his focus on policy and practice, Tangi made a significant contribution to the areas of multiculturalism, education, resource management and racing.

Tangi is currently the opposition spokesperson for Transport, Oceans and Fisheries, Racing and Associate Education (Pacific), as well as Labour’s Chief Whip.

Since entering Parliament, Tangi has been a member of the Governance & Administration and Environment Select Committees, and the Chair of Parliament’s Health Select Committee. He has also spent time as a Junior Government Whip, and Chief Government Whip, alongside being a member of Parliament’s Privileges Committee and the Parliamentary Services Commission.

Tangi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Triple Major in History, Political Science and Social Policy, along with a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) from Massey University.

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