Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis says the Government's immediate $9.5 million teacher supply package will support more te reo Māori and Māori medium teachers into classrooms from next year.
Peeni Henare (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi) is the incumbent MP for Tāmaki Makaurau, a seat he won in 2014 following the retirement of former Māori Party co-leader and Minister of Māori Affairs Dr Pita Sharples.
He is a son of the late Erima Henare who was head of the Māori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.
Henare’s grandfather was Sir James Henare and his great-grandfather Taurekareka (Tau) Henare was MP for Northern Māori from 1914 to 1938.
Before entering politics, Henare was a policy advisor for the Ministry of Social Development in Auckland.
Henare is up against Marama Davidson from the Green Party and Shane Taurima from the Māori Party.
He has five children with wife Maia, a teacher. Henare and brother Tatai Henare are twins.