Of 1000 Christmas boxes distributed to whānau throughout Northland last week, only one had a golden ticket. Te Kāea was on hand to witness the lucky recipients of the box with the extra special gift that went to the Johnstone whānau.
Maki Herbert is no newcomer to the Te Tai Tokerau electorate race. This year counts as Herbert's third punt at the Te Tai Tokerau seat.
Herbert has entered into two by-elections, in 2011 for Te Tai Tokerau following Hone Harawira's resignation from the seat, and in 2015 for Northland.
She has also represented the Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party by standing in the General Elections for 2011 and 2014.
Herbert is currently the party's co-leader as a strong advocate for legalising cannabis.
She previously worked with GreenCross Auckland, an organisation that provided medical cannabis to terminally ill patients, with their doctor's consent. However, in 2012 Police shut the facility down.
Herbert's work in the community includes administrative work with various kōhanga reo in the Hokianga region, as well as work as a volunteer officer with St Johns ambulance in Kohukohu.
Her top three areas of focus are:
* Law Reform in medicinal cannabis
* Recreational industry
* Development of the hemp industry