Labour selects Rino Tirikatene for Te Tai Tonga

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Labour has selected Rino Tirikatene to challenge the Maori Party’s Rahui Katene in the Te Tai Tonga seat next year.

The candidate and his whanau have a long-standing relationship with the Labour Party — Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan held the Southern Maori seat in Parliament.

He believes he’s got a strong chance of unseating the first term Maori Party MP Rahui Katene and says he will be pushing issues like education, employment and economic development that affect Maori every day.

The 37-year-old father of three was born in Rangiora and has 14 years experience working in Maori economic development roles.

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