Tariana Turia has been appointed a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s New Years Honours for 2015 for her services as a Member of Parliament.
Wikitoria Waitai-Rapana has put her name in the ring as an independent candidate vying for the Te Tai Hauāuru seat along with Labour Party’s Adrian Rurawhe, Māori Party’s Howie Tamati and Green Party’s Jack McDonald.
Waitai-Rapana is a mokopuna of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana of the Rātana faith. She is currently a member of the church executive, a trustee of the Ratana Reserve Trust and also a member of the Ngā Pakeke o Rātana haka group.
Dedicated to her grandfather’s dream to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Waitai-Rapana believes it’s time for the self determination of the Māori nation.
“Māori have an opportunity in this Election to overcome this system. Māori need to band together to hold the balance of power, which is the key to freedom for our people; this will put an end to injustice. Where there is injustice resistance becomes a duty.”
Waitai-Rapana affiliates to the iwi of Ngāti Kuri and Ngā Rauru.