Te Hāmua Nikora is a different breed of politician who can engage young Māori with political issues and be a true man of the people.
Te Hāmua affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Te Whakatohea, Ngāti Konohi, Ngai Tai and Waikato.
Te Hāmua Nikora grew up in the rural township of Ruatoria and went on to become an incredibly successful TV presenter, director and producer.
Te Hāmua said his uncle, the late Labour MP Parekura Horomia, had been a major influence on him entering the political arena.
Te Hāmua said his uncle was very much a people's person and this was an attribute he believed was also a personal strength for him.
Giving young people a political voice is a goal Mr Nikora is very passionate about.
Te Hāmua said the fact that 40 per cent of the electorate were unemployed and another 40 per cent lived in houses they did not own, were two issues he would like to address. He was aware more than 4000 children went to school hungry each day in the electorate and that was unacceptable.
He believed his TV profile would be an advantage but he stressed he had a lot more to offer.
Source - Mana Party Statement