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Shane Taurima is the Māori Party’s candidate for Tāmaki Makaurau, a position previously held by Tunuiārangi McLean. This year he joins the race for the Tāmaki Makaurau seat against Labour’s incumbent MP Peeni Henare and Greens candidate Marama Davidson.
Taurima is of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent.
He first entered politics in 2013 when he contested the Labour Party candidacy for the Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election. He later went on to run for Labour’s Tāmaki Makaurau candidacy in 2014.
Taurima is a proponent of kaupapa Māori and exponent of te reo. He is a veteran broadcaster who has dedicated much of his life both on and off the screen, to highlighting and investigating some of the most challenging issues facing whānau.
He also helped establish Te Pou Matakana, the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency, and was Senior Ministerial Advisor to the Minister for Māori Development.
He is the chair of the post-Treaty settlement governance entity, Maungaharuru-Tangitū Trust.