Mr Raihania has extensive experience in tribal leadership, advocating for workers' rights, Maori health, corrections, education and Treaty negotiations.
"My greatest apprenticeship for this role has, however, been learning from the inspiration and influence of my father, Nolan. Dad served in the Māori Battalion C Company in 1944, and returned home, determined to honour the service of his friends and whānau, by devoting his life to the community. I have learnt from him, that the people come first and foremost".
The hui was buoyed by some exciting results from recent polling, revealing that at the start of this campaign, it is a two way race between the Maori Party and the Labour Party .
"A particular strength for us, is the fact that Na had such a brilliant practise run in the 2011 campaign, and we intend to build on that experience and the excitement of today's turnout, to bring home a Māori Party member of parliament for Ikaroa Rāwhiti" said Hon Tariana Turia, co-leader of the Māori Party.
"Na brings with him the richness of a whakapapa that extends from Ngati Horowai, Ngati Rangi, Ngati Ira, Te Whanau a Ruataupare, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Kahungunu" said Hon Dr Pita Sharples. "He is a man of and from the people and the land of this electorate".
"The Māori Party want to acknowledge both Te Rangihau and Mark for participating in the nomination process. Both of these men display leadership qualities, integrity and absolute commitment to advancing Māori aspirations. We were so impressed with all three candidates that it was indeed a nail biter today."
Na is currently a trustee for Ngai Tamanuhiri Iwi, Chair of the iwi board for Tairawhiti District Health Board and Midlands Health Board. Na is also a trustee for Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and the Kahungunu/Turanganui representative for Te Kawai Taumata.
Source - Māori Party Statement