Te Ao Mārama political reporter Rukuwai Tipene-Allan spoke to Labour MP Peeni Henare about current political issues.
Tamati Coffey is a familiar face to many, having been a television host and presenter for more than a decade. Coffey affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.
In 2014 he stood as the Labour candidate for the Rotorua electorate, finishing second to sitting MP National’s Todd McClay. At No.30 on the Labour List, Coffey was not ranked high enough to enter Parliament as a List MP.
This election, Coffey has been selected as Labour’s candidate for Waiariki and been placed at no.34 on the Party List.
Although born in Lower Hutt, Coffey regards Rotorua as home having spent much of his younger life visiting his grandparents there.
Coffey comes from a working class, union supporting, background. This background and Labour’s support for gay marriage led him to support Labour.
Coffey has an honours degree in political science from the University of Auckland. He has been married to Tim Smith since 2011.
The couple are business owners in Rotorua, running jazz and cocktail bar Ponsonby Road.
Coffey affiliates to Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Whakaue, Tūhourangi and Ngāti Tūwharetoa.