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Dr Elizabeth Kerekere

Green Party

After 35 years of activism and community work, Elizabeth Kerekere (Ngāti Oneone, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Whānau a Kai, Rongowhakaata, Ngāi Tāmanuhiri) is best known for her work for takatāpui (Māori LGBTIQ) and Rainbow communities, Treaty advocacy and youth development. She is a specialist in strategic planning, policy development and project management.  She will be running against the sitting MP Meka Whaitiri of Labour and Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.

Kerekere is also an artist, having her work exhibited internationally. She is founder and Chair of Tīwhanawhana Trust (takatāpui well-being). She sits on the board of LAGANZ (Rainbow archives), the Intersex Roundtable Working Group with ITANZ and the Human Rights Commission.  She mentors LGBTIQ youth leaders; and is Co-chair of Ara Taiohi (peak body for youth development), Bicultural Advisor at Te Ohaaki a Hine - The National Network Ending Sexual Violence, Rainbow Voice, the 'It’s Not OK' Campaign; and is Assistant Research Fellow for the LGBTIQ Homelessness Project.

Elizabeth cares deeply about suicide prevention, anti-violence, healthy relationships, and housing for all.  As a kaupapa Māori enthusiast she promotes strength-based cultural approaches to the needs and aspirations of whānau and community.

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