Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has removed Meka Whaitiri from her role as Minister of Customs but she will retain her Ikaroa-Rawhiti seat and position as Labour’s Māori caucus co-chair.
Nanaia Mahuta is the incumbent Māori MP for Hauraki Waikato and will stand again for the Labour Party in this year’s election and will be challenged by her relation Rahui Papa who is standing for the Māori Party.
Mahuta, MP for Hauraki Waikato, affiliates to Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Mahuta and Waikato-Tainui.
She first entered Parliament in 1996 as a List MP and went on to win the Te Tai Hauāuru seat in 1999. As this electorate evolved, so too did its boundaries and name. From Te Tai Hauāuru it became the Tainui seat and today is known as the Hauraki Waikato electorate. Mahuta has held this region for 13 years.
Mahuta has a keen interest in youth development, advancing Māori success through education and training opportunities, Iwi development, care for kaumātua, support for Māori women and sustainable ways to care for the environment and create jobs.
As a serving member of Parliament Nanaia held a range of spokesperson roles, served on a number of Select Committees in the last term of the fifth Labour Government and was also a Minister in the Clark Government.
Mahuta is married to William Ormsby and together they have a son and daughter.