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Peeni Henare

Labour Party

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.

Other candidates in: Tāmaki Makaurau

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No time for conspiracy theories - MP Peeni Henare

Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says he has no tolerance for conspiracy theories about Covid-19 or how the government is acting in response to the pandemic.

That comes after comments being made by people on social media suggesting the pandemic is some kind of control system put in place by the government.

“Right now I don’t have time for conspiracy theories," Henare said. "We’ve got a health issue on our hands. Our priority is to make sure we can stamp out Covid-19 as quickly as possible.”

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