May 18, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Rotorua elects youngest District Councillor AND she’s #Maori

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Tania2 Rotorua election results for the District Council have just been published and it’s been confirmed that not only does the city have a new mayor (with Steve Chadwick trouncing former mayor KeVINE Winters) but it now also has the youngest District Councillor with 21 year old Tania Tapsell taking a strong 5th with 8,234 votes (the most votes went to Merepeka Raukawa-Tait with 9,624).

Tania ran an incredibly well-organised, well-resourced campaign, with her billboards up before most other candidates had even begun brainstorming theirs. Her social networking was brilliant and she put the hard yards on the ground too. We saw her greeting parents at local schools while handing out her campaign flyers.

indexShe and her team even personally delivered 10,000 flyers to Rotorua homes. She was well-prepared and articulate, and along with all that she’s Mana Whenua!

Tania is a Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue rangatahi, born and raised in Rotorua.

Politics is also in her blood with the former Speaker of the House Sir Peter Tapsell being her great-uncle. That type of whanau leadership has also emerged in Tania. In 201o, she represented Todd McLay at Youth Parliament as a Youth MP.

Tania served as RDC Youth Councillor for two years and has sat on a variety of advisory boards and panels. She has diplomas in Business and Marketing from Waiariki, which no doubt served her well during her campaign. She stood on a platform of advocating for whanau and increasing community input into Council decision making processes.

TaniaWell done Tania!!

Is this Rotorua District Council the most Pro Maori one we’ve seen yet?

This year’s election suggests a strong Maori showing with the top 4 being either pro-Maori candidates or having whakapapa.





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1 thought on “Rotorua elects youngest District Councillor AND she’s #Maori

  1. Kia Ora Koutou

    Thank you for writing such a generous artical about our daughter and Te Arawa Whanaunga.Most of our immediate family read your piece yesterday and Tania and the rest of us felt humbled by your words and appreciate the mahi you all do for the betterment of our Iwi.

    Nga Mihi tino Mahana kia koutou.

    Terry Tapsell and Roana Bennett ( Parents)

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