National MP Paul Goldsmith wants the fact that Māori and Pākehā did meet, "imperfections and all", to be celebrated through Tuia Encounters 250, which marks 250 years since the arrival of Captain Cook and the Endeavour. The Minister in charge of Tuia 250, Māori-Crown Relations Minister Kelvin Davis says it's a commemoration, not a celebration.
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.