May 8, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori Party announces Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate

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The Maori Party is pleased to announce its candidate who will run for the Ikaroa Rawhiti seat in next years general elections.

Na Rongowhakaata Raihania was successfully selected by party members who took part in the eight election hui held throughout Ikaroa Rahwiti electorate over the past three weeks.

We had three great nominees and the people have made their choice. We look forward to taking out the seat in 2011, said Gordon Paku and Cissie Walker, co-chairs of the Maori Party Ikaroa Rawhiti Electorate Council.

Our goal is to ensure that the voices of tangata whenua in Ikaroa Rawhiti are heard and that starts today, Mr Paku said.

Na was part of a driving force in the birth of Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Ara Hou in Napier so he knows all too well what it takes to build something up from the ground and ensure it is a sucess.

Na comes from a very kaupapa Maori-based background rich in tikanga and he knows what the important issues are for this electorate and the whanau, hapu and iwi within it, Mrs Walker said.

Mr Raihania has extensive experience in tribal leadership, advocating for workers rights, Maori health, corrections, education and Treaty negotiations. He is currently the chairman for Ngai Tamanuhiri Iwi, the iwi boards for Tairawhiti District Health Board and Midlands Health Board. Na is also a trustee for Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and the Kahungunu/Turanganui representative for Te Kawai Taumata.

The father of four and koro of two mokopuna hails from Ngati Horowai, Ngati Rangi, Ngati Ira, Te Whanau a Ruataupare, Rongowhakaata, Te Aitanga a Mahaki, Ngai Tamanuhiri, Rakaipaaka, Rongomaiwahine and Ngati Kahungunu.

For any further media inquiries please contact Joan-Ella Ngata 0274 808 293 [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Maori Party announces Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate


    The Maori Party candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti says he's looking forward to being part of a future coalition government.

    Na Raihania, who chairs Poverty Bay iwi Ngai Tamanuhiri, was selected at the weekend to contest the seat held by Labour's Parekura Horomia.

    He says unlike Mr Horomia, the Maori Party does not need to ask permission of a wider caucus to develop policy, and it can advocate for Maori at a higher level.

    “Where we think we should be is that coalition spot. That sot can only be for the Maori Party. Tat way we get to have whoever gets to have the most votes in a general election. They then have to come and korero to us kanohi ki te kanohi and that’s your true partnership, that’s your true Treaty of Waitangi, that relationship there has got to be right, Mr Raihania says.

    He will campaign on the needs of whanau.


    The Maori Party's candidate for Ikaroa Rawhiti says seeing the world through Maori eyes is one of the most valuable things the party can bring to the country.

    Na Raihania, the chair of Poverty Bay iwi Ngai Tamanuhiri, was picked to challenge Labour's Parekura Horomia through a series of hui of party members throughout the electorate, which goes from the East Cape to Wainuiomata.

    The 48-year-old says he brings to the task his experience in health, education, unionism, and most importantly Maori development.

    “We need to attack the world through the eyes of Maoridom and those tikanga that we’ve got. That’s what is going to carry us through. For years and years we’ve been told to be more Pakeha than Maori and if you look at the statistics particularly in crime, health, all the negative stuff, we fill those far too much. We’ve got to tip those scales back in our favour and we do that by relying on ourselves and making this world our world through our mechanisms,” Mr Raihania.

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