Politicians will converge on Rātana Pā to meet with the church's leaders as part of the annual celebrations of Tahupōtiki Wiremu Rātana's birth, 142 years ago. This will be the first time John Key, as prime minister, will not be attending the event, whereas Labour's Andrew Little will pay his first visit as the Opposition leader.
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.