Labour Party’s Rino Tirikatene is currently well ahead of his competitors with preliminary votes showing him sitting at 4200 with a total of 33.2 % of booths counted.
A former broadcaster, journalist and communications professional, Mei Reedy-Taare (Ngai Tahu, Ngāti Porou) holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences, Psychology and English and a Diploma in Journalism. She’s a former journalist for TVNZ. She’ll be running against sitting MP Rino Tirikatene from Labour and Metiria Turei from the Greens.
Reedy-Taare is currently a serving board member for her Ngāti Porou iwi.
She is the daughter of highly-respected educationalists Sir Tamati and Lady Tilly Reedy who have been tireless advocates for Māori throughout their careers.
Reedy-Taare and her husband of more than 30 years, Beau, returned to New Zealand in the mid-1990s after spending 10 years working in Washington DC.